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NEW APG OFFICE IN MYANMAR

02 September 2013 00:00 NEW APG OFFICE IN MYANMAR image

APG expands network with a new office in Myanmar.

Following the recent liberalization in Myanmar, APG has recently opened in Yangon (Rangoon) its 108th office offering airlines access to this emerging market.

The offices of APG Myanmar, situated in an upmarket district popular with travel companies, will offer sales and marketing services to airline clients as well as full reservations and ticketing facilities.

Whilst there is currently no BSP in Myanmar, the increase in travel to and from the country offers airlines new sales opportunities in the region.

The liberalization of the political and economic environment in Myanmar which began in March 2011 has widely opened the doors to strong development, with tourism as one of the key beneficiaries. Development has further increased since sanctions against the country were lifted by the United States and the European Community.

The number of tourists to Myanmar has grown from 150 000 to more than 800 000 and this coupled with numerous business visitors and investors has led to a substantial boom in the hotel and travel industry.

More than 20 international airlines operate daily flights to the economic capital of Yangon from just a very few, mostly from Thailand, two years ago.

The airport in Yangon dates from 2007 and was built to handle 2.7 million passengers. Already at full capacity, the Authorities are now proceeding with an extension, and a new airport is also planned, located 70km from Yangon and designed to handle over 12 million passengers per year.

Richard Burgess, President of the APG Network, commented “We are delighted to be expanding our network into Myanmar and believe there will be strong interest from our airline clients to include this market in their distribution network”.

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