Vessels, cruise liners earn income through transport of globetrotters, local passengers

_MNO4230Mandalay, 28 Oct—Vessels of inland water transport association and cruise liners give transport services to globetrotters and local travellers from Gawwin and Mayangyan ports in Ayeyawady River of Mandalay.
The vessels ferry the passengers along the Mandalay-Mingun route, Mandalay-Bagan route and Mandalay-Katha-Bhamo route.
“Our company transports foreign tourists and local passengers along Mandalay-Mingun and Mandalay-Bagan routes daily. We arrange breakfast, lunch and tea time for the passengers on Mandalay-Bagan route. Moreover, we run a cruise liner three times a week for transportation of tourists,” said managing director U Zaw Win Than of Pioneer Cruises Travel & Tours Company.
The directorate of Hotels and Tourism Services Development (Mandalay Region) has issued licences to 41 vessels for the Mandalay-Mingun route, five for the Mandalay-Bagan route, seven for Mandalay-Katha-Bhamo route and five cruiseliners.
The vessel association fixes US$ 8 per foreigner and K5,000 per local passenger along Mandalay-Mingun up and down trip, US$45 per foreigner and K25,000 per local passenger for Mandalay-Bagan route and US$35 per foreigner and K25,000 per local passengers on Bagan-Mandalay route.
The cruise liner runs its route at US$ 700 per foreigner along three-day trip and US$350 per foreigners along two days trip.
A total of 160,975 foreigners arrived in Mandalay Region in 2012 and 219,518 in 2013. From January to September 2014, over 130,000 globetrotters have visited Mandalay Region.
Directorate of Hotels and Tourism Development estimated about 3 million tourists will arrive in Myanmar this year. Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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