Friday, August 18, 2017

Yangon gets new exhibition space

Yangon has a new exhibition and event space after locally based Forever Group last week opened the US$6 million Myanmar Event Park adjacent to Yangon Regional Government offices in Ahlone township.

The 4-acre (16,194-square-metre) venue can accommodate 15,000 delegates for a concert, or 30,000 visitors as well as up to 300 booths for an exhibition.

“As a broadcasting and media company, we needed a space for shooting and events, so we built one,” said company spokesperson U Myo Myat Thu.

The 6000-sq-m event hall, built by local engineers, is already open.

“We started building the hall last June and finished at the end of December. We are using it for a book exhibition on January 25-26,” said Forever Group director U Myint Zaw.

The company will use the space remaining for the use of the public events.

Yangon currently has three other major event venues: the Myanmar Convention Centre (MCC), Tatmadaw Hall and Minder Ground, though the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has recently announced plans to upgrade Mayangone township’s MCC into an international standard exhibition hall, said U Nay Win, deputy director of the building department of YCDC.

“We have a rare and great opportunity to develop exhibition halls in Yangon and that is why we have a plan to build more … while upgrading the MCC into a large hall,” he said, adding they will tender the property this year offering a 50-year build-operate-transfer agreement.