Myanmar Staff and Travel Advisory Update 2020
Daily life in Yangon is carrying on as usual; but, it’s definitely quieter as theaters, nightclubs, and popular places like Ayeryarwady are closed temporarily. While some ex-pats in the private sector are preparing to return home, locals are still cool and collected in Myanmar. Fortunately, the South Korean embassy has been working closely with our government to provide hospitals with medical supplies and training on handling a possible outbreak.
As other countries around the region are ramping up their safety measures, the Yangon Region Public Health and Medical Services Department has been holding seminars on proper hand washing, sanitation, and social distancing to help local business owners. While we prepare for the deep cleaning of our offices, Khiri Myanmar remains in high spirits.
As Covid-19 affects the travel and hospitality industry worldwide, we are doing our best to help global agents weather the storm during these uncertain times. Our team has been busy accommodating clients postponing or canceling their trips. Having gone through all our bookings until June 2020, Khiri Myanmar is not directly charging any postponement feeds and flexible in issuing refunds.
On the ground, Khiri Myanmar has been in constant contact with all clients currently in the country. As some of our guests were concerned about flights being canceled, we promptly changed their return flights to an earlier date; while, other intrepid travelers decided to continue traveling and enjoy a quitter Myanmar. At the moment, our last client in Myanmar is scheduled to return home at the end of this month.
As the coming months will be very quiet, even quieter than the usual green season, we have started workshops to train our support team in English communication and email writing. Other departments will focus on global-travel industry trends and analyze the Asian market. While Myanmar has just confirmed its third case, the country has been fortunate and not recorded any community clusters yet. As many of us start wearing face masks around the city and frequently wash our hands, Khiri Myanmar hopes all our valued clients, agents, and partners are staying safe as well.
After the coronavirus subsides, we are looking at building a network to connect bright and highly-motivated individuals with other small companies, communities, and social businesses for “good use.” Currently, we are gathering more information on the people and skillsets these organizations require to improve their set-ups. Our team is in touch with local NGOs, social enterprises such as a farm-stay upcountry developing their community, and many more ventures in different sectors. Looking back on this period, we want to move forward and create something useful and sustainable for a brighter future.
From everyone at Khiri Myanmar, we thank for your continued patience and support. Once we overcome this ordeal, our team looks forward to seeing you again in the land of golden pagodas.