Govt to Continue Tourism Policy of Maximum Growth

RANGOON — The government will continue the tourism policies set by its predecessor—aiming for maximum growth—and will continue to enumerate day-visitors crossing land borders as “tourists,” in contravention of international tourism standards. These intentions were laid out by Tint Thwin, director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, at the Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism […]

Banks Reminded to Accept Foreign Currency in ‘All’ Conditions

RANGOON — The Central Bank of Myanmar is encouraging patrons to lodge complaints if they have been turned away by banks for trying to exchange US dollars that are not in mint condition, according to an official from the Foreign Exchange Management Department. Until recently, currency exchange points would only accept US bank notes if […]

Tour agency prepares to ride the boom

“IT’S not very difficult to set up a tour agency, but it’s difficult to succeed,” says Sabei Aung, managing director of Nature Dream Travels and Tours Co, one of pioneering travel agencies in Myanmar. Sabei Aung opened the shop in 2002, after working for eight years at Diethelm Travel. She was then highly confident of […]

Govt Questioned on Tourism Figures

Once again, the government has claimed Burma is on track to meet its tourist arrival figures for the year. Once again, the government stands accused of inflating the figures. Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung told a Saturday meeting with tourism industry leaders that despite concerns over political change in Burma, the number of tourists who […]