The Khiri Travel Group is expanding with a new
office in Myanmar.
Headed by Mr Edwin Briels as General Manager,
the new office will open in Yangon next month.
founded in 1994, currently has seven offices operational in
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
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," Mr Niemeijer 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
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.
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.
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
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."
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