Australian company orders two new river ships for Burma

Australian company orders two new river ships for Burma
Australia’s privately-owned APT has commissioned two new river ships to be delivered in 2016 for its Burma (Myanmar) operation.
APT has ordered a 30-suite high end luxury vessel, Samatha, which will have two restaurants and a swimming pool and its subsidiary, Travelmarvel, will take delivery of Princess Panhwar, a 36-suite premium four-star vessel.
Both ships, which are being built in Yangon in partnership with the Maing Fong Company, will offer 15-day itineraries along the Irrawaddy River between Yangon and Mandalay from January 2016. 
‘We already offer river cruising in Burma for APT guests aboard AmaPura and although this is our first year, sales have already exceeded expectations,’ Debra Fox, APT’s gm sales and marketing, said. (APT co-owns a fleet of European river ships with AmaWaterways, owner of AmaPura.)
‘Burma is clearly a place that our guests from Australia, New Zealand and the UK are keen to explore and so to build and introduce our very own river cruise ships for both of our respective APT and Travelmarvel brands in this emerging destination is incredibly exciting,’ Fox said.
Posted 21 August 2014

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