It was a chance meeting in July 1997 in Yangon which brought Brett Melzer and Khin Omar Win together. Born in Yangon and raised in the UK, Omar with a degree in Development Studies and Geography at the University of Wales, had returned to her homeland to follow her passion in travel and development. Brett, an Australian citizen, had graduated from the London School of Economics and had just arrived in Myanmar to seek opportunities in tourism. During the infancy of Myanmar’s tourism industry, they established together the first commercial hot air balloon operation in South East Asia – Balloons over Bagan. Over the past 17 years Balloons over Bagan has grown from a single small balloon operation with 8 crew, to a 12 balloon operation employing over 100 local staff and 16 foreign pilots and technicians.
Since 26 December 2017, Memories Group Limited own and manage the “Balloons Over Bagan” and “Balloons Over Inle” hot air balloon businesses.