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Dutch NHTV Tourism Students in Myanmar

March 25, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

In March 2014, two groups of university students visited Myanmar for a 6-day learning trip. They started their tour in Yangon and traveled overland to Bagan and Mandalay from where they returned to the Netherlands.

Institution             NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Education             Bachelor in International Tourism Management & Consultancy

Group                   2 groups of 40 students and 4 supervisors

Purpose of Visit   To learn more about the tourism industry in Myanmar as part of their third year curriculum

Travel Dates         10-15 and 17-22 March 2014

Travel Route         Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay in 6 days

Khiri Travel Myanmar was the host for this group of Dutch and international students in the third year of their study. Preparations for this trip started in July 2013 when NTHV lecturers came to visit Khiri Travel Myanmar. We helped them with inspections of different locations and accommodation options. Khiri Travel Myanmar staff also presented the NHTV delegation with suggestions of people who would be willing to give lectures or that would be interesting for the students to meet on their visit.

The second of the two groups met in Bagan with the Myanmar Minister of Hotel and Tourism. It was a truly special meet and greet in which the students had the opportunity to interview the Minister. This Q&A session was filmed and broadcast in the national news on television that same evening!

The students visited the following projects:

Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF)

The NHTV students met students of this tourism school in Yangon and had an interactive session in which they had both cultural and industry exchanges.

Pomelo

This is a souvenir shop or fair trade marketplace for small disadvantaged local producers. The shop opens opportunities for these vendors to improve their social and economic situation. Their handmade products are created with local materials. The tourism students visited the shop and had a Q&A session with the NGO that runs the shop.

Khiri Travel Myanmar

While in Yangon, the groups visited our office on Bogalay Zay Street. They had a tour in the office of the different departments and interviewed our general manager, Edwin Briels.

Summary of the travel itinerary:

Day 1 | Arrival in Yangon

The Dutch and International students were welcomed at the airport and taken to visit the Myanmar Tourism Federation to meet the Minister and the Myanmar students. The students’ visitors overnighted at the Aung Tha Pyay Hotel.

Day 2 | Yangon – Bagan 

The group was split into three smaller groups and crossed visits to Pomelo, CVT (a vocational training school) and Khiri Travel Myanmar office. In the evening the students visited downtown Yangon in small groups of 5 persons with a guide. They took an overnight bus to Bagan.

Day 3 | Bagan 

Upon arrival in Bagan in the early morning the students were transferred to their hotel. The rest of the day consisted of crossed visits with guides in small groups.

Day 4 & 5 | Bagan

Free days when the students explore this magical place by themselves. They toured around the temple and towns by bike or horse cart.

Day 6 | Bagan – Mandalay – departure

In the early morning, a bus brought the group to Mandalay airport for their flight to Bangkok and then onwards back to the Netherlands.

For more information on this student group or other educational travel options, please contact [email protected].

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