Government continues to push capital as a tourism destination for event holders

The government has again announced a series of initiatives to help draw tourists to Nay Pyi Taw, including stepping up its efforts to lure foreign travellers looking for a destination to hold events and conferences. Speaking at a press conference in the capital on September 28, on the eve of World Tourism Day, U Tint […]

Tourism ministry eyes Myeik Archipelago

Myeik Archipelago could soon become a choice destination for luxury cruise passengers. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is planning to develop tourism in the area along with local investors, said Minister U Ohn Maung. “Thai investors interested in developing tourism in Myeik Archipelago contacted us, but we would prefer to deal with local investors […]

Outbound Tour Companies Fail to Register

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism only received six proposals for outbound tour license even after the ministry warned 69 non-compliant outbound tour companies to apply for the license. “We have already warned unlicensed travel and tour companies, but they still have not applied for the license. We have not seen those unlicensed companies operating […]

Myanmar agents grapple with slowdown in arrivals – TTG Asia

TRAVEL agents in Myanmar are concerned about flatlining arrival numbers after experiencing a boom in recent years. Figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reveal foreign arrivals soared from 1.6 million in 2012 to 4.6 million last year, with 5.5 million forecast for this year. However, almost two-thirds of arrivals were day trippers from […]

Travel Association to Step Up Support for Small Tourism Businesses

The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) will take initiative to urge the government to support the development of small and medium enterprises in the travel and tourism industry. “The travel and tour sector is included in the SME Law released in 2015. We will ask the government for rights and benefits in line with […]

MoHT expands ecotourism destinations

the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced they will open up 22 regions of the country to ecotourism for both foreign and local travelers. Efforts to design the government-backed Ecotourism Plan began in 2015 in the name of developing Myanmar’s tourism sector, and are reportedly being drawn up in accordance with the relevant laws […]

Govt Invites Proposals for New Hotels in Myeik Archipelago

RANGOON — The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) is inviting proposals for new hotel projects in the Myeik Archipelago, which will be assessed for environmental friendliness in cooperation with the Tenasserim Division government. The development of the archipelago in Burma’s far south for “eco-tourism” is prioritized in the Tourism Master Plan 2013-20, which was devised under […]

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 […]

Myanmar tourism boom set to bring 7.5m visitors a year

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is hoping to lure 7.5 million tourists a year by 2019, an official said on Tuesday (Aug 2), as the impoverished former junta-ruled nation emerges as one of Southeast Asia’s hot destinations. Travel to the once-cloistered country used to be reserved for the well-heeled and intrepid, prepared to endure the travails […]

MoHT cracks down on unlicensed outbound tour operators

Legal action will start to be taken this August against unlicensed domestic tourism operators which offer tours to foreign countries, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. A sum of 69 unlicensed tour operators within Myanmar, which offer such overseas excursions, have reportedly been reminded to apply for an official license. “We’ve told those […]