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Best Western Green Hill Hotel Yangon brightens up Myanmar’s tourism development

March 15, 2014 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

After the announcement of the opening of its first hotel in Myanmar at the end of last year, Best Western International (BWI), based in Phoenix,Arizona, has now successfully launched the Best Western Green Hill Hotel in Yangon.

During my last visit to Yangon to attend the 2nd Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2014 at the Traders Hotel on February 18-19, I had the privilege to follow an invitation by Miss Jane Kamolnithi, Communications Co-Ordinator, Best Western International Asia & Middle East Head Office in Bangkok, to inspect the hotel and check out its facilities. Island Hopping

Actually, BWI makes its new presence known already at Yangon International Airport, when a convenient limousine service quickly brings the guest into the contemporary, 189-room mid-scale hotel located right in the heart of Myanmar’s largest city near the well-known Kandawgyi Lakewith amazing views of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda.

The Best Western Green Hill Hotel in Yangon features guest rooms and suites with a range of modern amenities including complimentary in-room WI-FI, work desks, power sockets and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. The hotel also features a modern business center near the lobby and a well-equipped restaurant serving Asian and international cuisine. During my stay, there was a big group of Japanese, who enjoyed the place accordingly.

Furthermore, the hotel caters for the corporate and events markets, with three meeting rooms offering more than 200 square meters of function space. Interesting to note is that the recent opening of the Best Western Green Hill Hotel in Yangon marks only the beginning of BWI’s expansion plans in Myanmar’s tourism development. In 2015, the American company will launch its next hotel in the country’s capital Nay Pyi Taw.

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome the Best Western Green Hill Hotel into our fast-expanding portfolio of hotels in Asia,” commented Glenn de Souza, BWI’s Vice President of International Operations for Asia and the Middle East.

“Our arrival in Myanmar makes Best Western International the first US-based hotel company to establish a presence in this exciting country, since it opened up to international investment. Best Western International sees a huge potential in Myanmar, and we intended to be here for the long-term, helping to grow the country’s tourism industry,” Glenn de Souza concluded.

Glenn de Souza brings in more than 35 years of hotel experience to the company and oversees brand management and development across the entire Asian and Middle Eastern region. He also directs the company’s regional sales and marketing efforts and was instrumental in setting up Best Western International’s regional headquarters in Bangkok in 2002 until now. Glenn de Souza was born in Singapore and is of Portuguese descent.

Last not least, Best Western International is “The World’s Largest Hotel Chain”, comprising more than 4,000 independently owned and operated hotels in some 100 countries and territories worldwide. Just to mention are the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand, Best Western Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia or Best Western Grand Hotel Madaba in Jordan amongst others.

Written by :  Reinhard Hohler

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