The Khiri Travel Group has announced further expansion with an office in Myanmar headed by Mr Edwin Briels as General Manager.
The new office opens in Yangon in August 2011. Khiri Travel, founded in 1994, currently has seven offices operational in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
Khiri Travel Group CEO and co-founder, Mr Willem Niemeijer, said that the timing was right for the Myanmar move. "It is important to have the right people in place, so we can deliver the high quality travel experiences that our clients are used to in Myanmar, right from the start," he said.
"In Edwin, we have a highly experienced Myanmar operator. People around the world are also starting to look at Myanmar with fresh eyes. The time is right," he said.
Briels, a Dutch national, has six years' working experience in Myanmar. He joins Khiri Travel from Air Mandalay and previously worked for Exotissimo Travel in Myanmar as well as Balloons over Bagan. Between 2007 and 2010 Briels was general manager of Exotissimo Thailand.
In 2006 Briels was project manager for the construction of Malikha lodge, a luxury eight-villa property in the remote Putao valley of northern Myanmar. The lodge looks out over the snow capped mountains of the eastern Himalayas.
"Khiri Myanmar will open with many innovative travel offerings from around the fringes of the country," said Briels. "Thibaw and Kyaukme in Northern Shan State, the wonderful southern Shan State, Mrauk U, and the Rakhine Mountains will all be available as well as favourites such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Being Khiri, our approach will be to deliver an innovative and responsible take on each place."
For example, a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon with Khiri Myanmar also involves a traditional breakfast, strolling and shopping in the lively market in the small alleys around the pagoda, and Buddhist offerings by the clients in the pagoda itself. A native antique connoisseur is available to give his insights on colonial residences in Pyin Oo Lwin. Khiri's guests may find themselves entering local markets through the back door so they can experience the real Myanmar among the local people.
"Better facilities and infrastructure in the country means that it is easier to visit more places," said Briels. "It's a very exciting time to be launching new travel experiences for our clients."
Khiri Travel, through its charitable arm, Khiri Reach, supports several community initiatives across the four countries where it currently operates. Khiri Reach will soon announce help for a community cause in Myanmar.
For Myanmar, innovative itineraries and travel options are already available. Visit www.khiri.com or email email@example.com.
Yangon is cultural centre of Myanmar; Shwedagon Pagoda - the world largest buddhist temple, keps reliquiae of 4 Buddhas; Buddhist stupas.
Inle Lake: pile villages; floating vegetable gardens; floating market; Monastery of Jumping Cats; unique cloth made of lotus stalk fibres.