Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ayravata hopeful ahead of peak season

Ayravata hopeful ahead of peak season Ayravata hopeful ahead of peak season

Ayravata Cruises will this week launch its first cruises for the 2009-2010 season, Daw Soe Moe Moe Kyi, the company’s sales and reservation manager, said.

“On September 4, we will operate a long cruise from Bagan to Bhamo along the Ayeyarwady River on the RV Pandaw and then on September 16 we will have another charter trip along the same route,” she said last week.

The company expects business to pick up over the next six months after a slow 2008-2009 season.

“Last year our business was affected by Cyclone Nargis and we got just a few proposals for the 2008-2009 season. Compared with last year we expect the occupancy rate to be a little higher, somewhere between 15 and 25 percent,” she said.

Most of Ayravata’s customers come from European countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Switzerland, but they also receive bookings from American tourists.

“Last year, we got our first group of tourists from Russia,” she said.

The company offers short and long cruises along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers on two boutique-style boats, RV Pandaw and RV Paukan.

RV Pandaw is an original colonial steamer built in Scotland in 1947 and converted to a passenger cruise vessel in 1997 by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. It was refitted and refurbished in 2003-2004 by Inland Water Transport (IWT) and Ayravata Cruises and now includes 16 deluxe cabins, a 32-seat dining room and a bar.

RV Paukan was commissioned in 2007 and includes 29 cabins with private bathroom and shower, a 56-seat dining room, a lounge and bar, two massage rooms and a 35-seat meeting room with LCD projector and TV.

RV Paukan plies the Ayeyarwady between Bagan and Mandalay, the company’s most popular route, Daw Soe Moe Moe Kyi said.

The company is now offering several variations of the Mandalay-Bagan short route, ranging from one to four nights in length. More adventurous travellers can opt for the company’s nine-night “Grand Voyage” or seven-night “Myanmar Days” excursion to Bhamo.