India holds event to promote travel to Myanmar

Buddhist devotees visit Bodh Gaya, India. An estimated 35,000 travellers from Myanmar visit the site every year. Photo - EPA

A road show featuring air travel between Myanmar and India will be held at a hotel in Kolkata on June 14, says a Yangon International Airport spokesperson.

The event will be held with the cooperation of the Indian airline IndiGo is expected to involve the participation about 500 representatives from airlines and travel operators from the two countries.

Part of the goals for the event is to promote bilateral cooperation in the airline sector in both countries, according to Yangon Aerodrome Co Ltd (YACL), the operator of the Yangon International Airport. An estimated 50,000 tourists from Myanmar visit India every year. According to a tour agent who organises, most of the visitors, an estimated 35,000, travel to Bodh Gaya, one of the holiest of Buddhist sites, in northeastern India.

India extended visa exemptions to Myanmar citizens on September 25, 2017. At present, only Air India flies directly between New Delhi and Yangon three times a week. – Translated