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Spotlight On: New Manager for Myanmar On Staying Creative

November 9, 2015 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , , , , ,

Spotling on - Christian Parkinson

Please tell us how you ended up at Khiri Travel Myanmar?

I grew up in Hong Kong and have lived and worked in Beijing for the last five years. I speak Mandarin and Cantonese and a little bit of Italian. My interests in Anthropology and traveling around Asia inspired me to work in the travel industry. So here I am in Yangon, Myanmar working for Khiri since May 2015.

 

What is your title and job description?

I am the Commercial Manager and my responsibilities include looking after the sales, product and reservation departments. My team serves our highly esteemed clients by staying creative and expanding our knowledge of Myanmar.

 

What do you like about Khiri?

Khiri Travel is unique in that it provides an intimate personalized and meaningful alternative to generic package trips. This company is a pioneer in Asia offering responsible travel and championing the idea of sustainable travel.

 

What do you like about Myanmar and how do you spend your free time?

I love Shan State and staying fit so I enjoy trekking and trail running in the mountains. The cultural diversity there is amazing. My favorite foods are from Shan and Rakhine cuisine and I also like to have beer and BBQ now and then.

 

How would you describe Khiri Travel’s clients and how do you manage their expectations?

Our clients have an excellent sense of adventure and a passion for discovery, sustainability and immersing themselves in authentic cultural experiences. I think it is important to communicate to them exactly what to expect and then throw in something special, which they would not normally do or see.

 

What do you think are new travel destinations in Myanmar?

Eastern Shan State is fascinating and should be explored overland right to the border with Thailand. On the way, one can encounter real tribal villages tucked away in the lush green hills. Mon and Kayin States also have special appeal—tranquil and stunningly beautiful. Both places are off the beaten path yet can still be enjoyed with a good level of comfort.

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