United States Embassy to Launch New Liaison Office in Myanmar within Hilton Nay Pyi Taw
Landmark move marks milestone for Hilton in Myanmar
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - Hilton (NYSE: HLT), together with the United States Embassy, jointly held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Embassy’s U.S. liaison office in the capital city of Myanmar today. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in the presence of Ambassador Scot Marciel and Minister U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation, Myanmar. When it completes in 2020, the U.S. liaison office will be housed within Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, which represented Hilton's entry into Myanmar when it opened in 2014.
“Over the past century, Hilton’s journey to bring the light and warmth of hospitality to the world was made possible through the support of our partners all around the globe. This partnership with the U.S. Embassy marks a milestone for us and it gives us great honor to be the first hotel in Asia Pacific to host a U.S. liaison office. We are delighted to have the opportunity not only to provide a warm and secure space for partners and colleagues of the U.S. Embassy to conduct business from on a daily basis, but for Hilton Nay Pyi Taw to deliver the Hilton experience to their guests and partners when they visit,” said Alan Watts, President, Asia Pacific, Hilton.
The U.S. liaison office will serve as the official presence of the U.S. government in Nay Pyi Taw, facilitating increased engagement between U.S. diplomats and the Government of Myanmar. The upcoming opening of the U.S. liaison office further demonstrates the long-term commitment of the United States to its bilateral relationship with Myanmar.
“This is a special year for Hilton as we celebrate our 100th anniversary and the pioneering spirit that has taken us to more than 100 new countries and territories around the world. In addition to being a place of respite for our guests and meeting place for the community, it is truly a significant moment in our heritage for us to be chosen to house key conversations fostering the relationship between the governments of the United States and Myanmar. From providing education opportunities to the local population through our Hilton Vocational Training Center in Nay Pyi Taw, to our aim to reduce and eventually eliminate single use plastics in our hotels, we are committed to continue delivering on “The Hilton Effect” in the communities where we operate,” added Watts.
Nay Pyi Taw is the capital of Myanmar and the third most populous city in the country with nearly 1 million people. As the seat of the Union Parliament, the Myanmar Cabinet and government ministries, the city hosts a growing number of foreign embassies and international organizations. The United Nations’ Myanmar headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw houses 12 of the 17 UN agencies in the country. Other international organizations that maintain a strategic base in Nay Pyi Taw include the Asian Development Bank, Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Bank.
The Bangladesh Embassy and an interim liaison office for the Chinese Embassy are also located in Nay Pyi Taw, with more foreign embassies expected to move into the capital soon.
Hilton currently operates three hotels in Myanmar: Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, Hilton Mandalay and Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa. The company has three hotels in the development pipeline which will open in Inle Lake, Bagan and Yangon over the coming years.
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