WEF: Myanmar’s capital fully booked

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naypyidawNaypyidaw, Myanmar’s secluded capital, will play host to its largest raft of visitors ever for the upcoming World Economic Forum on East Asia to take place between June 5 and 7, according to Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung, who said that all 3,000 rooms in the city’s hotels are fully booked.

As a record 900 participants from 55 nations descend upon the capital, which was created when the former military junta relocated governmental activities away from Yangon, transport infrastructure, such as the Naypyidaw International Airport, which is normally absent of any rush year-round, will be fully tested.

Planners of the capital’s over-the-top multi-lane highways – reported to be as wide as 10 lanes in some stretches – will undoubtedly be exalted when they see a portion of these overambitious roadways become filled.

However, Myanmar’s service skills – including airport attendants, public sector workers and hotel service employees – will likely be burdened by the inundation of attention their sleepy, tucked-away capital will get when the forum is in full swing.

The list of high-level attendees includes Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as well as representatives from AirAsia Group, Mitsubishi, PepsiCo, Chevron, PTT and Visa. The latter signed an agreement with Myanmar banks in January to enable ATMs to accept its cards.

President Aquino is slated to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It is also widely expected that Aquino will use the occasion to trumpet the momentous growth his country has achieved under his watch in front of the forum’s audience.

 

 

 

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Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s secluded capital, will play host to its largest raft of visitors ever for the upcoming World Economic Forum on East Asia to take place between June 5 and 7, according to Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung, who said that all 3,000 rooms in the city’s hotels are fully booked.

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naypyidawNaypyidaw, Myanmar’s secluded capital, will play host to its largest raft of visitors ever for the upcoming World Economic Forum on East Asia to take place between June 5 and 7, according to Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung, who said that all 3,000 rooms in the city’s hotels are fully booked.

As a record 900 participants from 55 nations descend upon the capital, which was created when the former military junta relocated governmental activities away from Yangon, transport infrastructure, such as the Naypyidaw International Airport, which is normally absent of any rush year-round, will be fully tested.

Planners of the capital’s over-the-top multi-lane highways – reported to be as wide as 10 lanes in some stretches – will undoubtedly be exalted when they see a portion of these overambitious roadways become filled.

However, Myanmar’s service skills – including airport attendants, public sector workers and hotel service employees – will likely be burdened by the inundation of attention their sleepy, tucked-away capital will get when the forum is in full swing.

The list of high-level attendees includes Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as well as representatives from AirAsia Group, Mitsubishi, PepsiCo, Chevron, PTT and Visa. The latter signed an agreement with Myanmar banks in January to enable ATMs to accept its cards.

President Aquino is slated to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It is also widely expected that Aquino will use the occasion to trumpet the momentous growth his country has achieved under his watch in front of the forum’s audience.

 

 

 

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