312 outbound tour licenses issued by MoHT over past nine months

Since its initiation in December 2015, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has issued a total of 312 outbound tour licenses to operators within the past nine months, said its spokesperson. The country’s tourism industry has received greater interest from investors thanks to the country’s economic reforms. To promote the country’s tourism industry, the ministry […]

Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in […]

Accommodation facilities for tourists grow to 1,371 nationwide

The number of hotels and guest houses nationwide as of the end of August this year reached 1,371, with 53,716 rooms, according to official figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The ministry erased some mrestrictions on issuing licenses to investors in order to establish hotels and other development facilities across the nation […]

MOHT trials transportation of foreigners via red number-plated vehicles in southern Shan State

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has informed Myitmakha News Agency that with effect from October 1, they will begin a trial of allowing foreign passengers in southern Shan State to ride rental vehicles with red number plates. Foreigners are presently allowed to ride blue number-plated vehicles within the parameters of municipal jurisdictions in otherstates […]

FDI in Myanmar hotel and tourism projects soar to US$2,918.5252m

Foreign direct investments (FDI) in Myanmar hotel and tourism projects soared to US$2,918.5252 million, it is learnt from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Currently, there are 52 hotel projects in Myanmar, both FDI and joint investments. Singapore is on the top of the list in FDI in Myanmar hotel sector with an investment of […]

Ministry invites tender for hotel privatisation

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has invited an open tender to privatise hotels in Mrauk U, Rakhine State, and in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, on April 25. The ministry said the Mruak U Hotel, which has 24 rooms and is built on a 5.54-acre plot, and the Gandama Myaing Hotel, which has five […]

Jovago Seeks Local Partner Hotels in Chin State

Online hotel booking site Jovago, backed by Rocket Internet and Ooredoo, said it is looking for partner hotels in Chin state as the northwestern state attracts increasing number of visitors. “Our ambition is to propose hotels everywhere in Myanmar, even in the most remote zones. Chin state is one of them – a very beautiful […]

Myanmar sees record arrivals in 2015

MYANMAR attracted a record 4.2 million visitors in 2015, with at least 800,000 entering the country by air and ship, and over 2.2 million through border checkpoints, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. In Yangon alone, over 1 million arrivals were recorded, a 13.1 per cent increase from 2014. About 815,949 of the […]

Zaykabar chair: Suu Kyi is ‘like a sister’

Real estate tycoon U Khin Shwe discusses his close friendship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, land confiscations associated with his company Zaykabar and his reputation as a crony of the former military regime, in an interview with The Myanmar Times. I understand that you have a close relationship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. […]

Myeik Tourism Expands to Two New Islands

To develop local tourism businesses 14 islands from the Myeik Archipelago have been proposed and two islands from the list have been confirmed as eligible to start tourism businesses, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Currently, tourism businesses are operating on Thahtay Kyun, Sagaing Inwa island and Myanmar Andaman island of Myeik Archipelago, […]