Ngwe Saung Luxury Project Eyes Dec. 2017 Start

A luxury resort project which includes villas and a five-star hotel along Ngwe Saung beach in Ayeyarwaddy region has begun. The project is located on 160 acres of land in Bu Kwey Gyi village in Ngwe Saung and aims to be the first holiday villa project in Myanmar, U Soe Thiha Hlaing, executive director of […]

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, […]

Tourism Businesses Push for More Consulates

Tourism industry players have demanded that there should be more Myanmar consulates in foreign countries as the tourism sector develops. “Many countries open consulates for the development of their country’s tourism industry. Thailand is well known for tourism but people hardly know about next-door Myanmar. Establishing consulates in foreign countries will definitely help Myanmar’s tourism […]

Hotels Sprout Up to Accommodate Increasing Tourists

Hotels are sprouting up across Myanmar to provide adequate accommodation to the increasing number of tourists, sources with the Myanmar Hoteliers Association said. A total of 340 hotels are operating across the country in 2015, compared with 290 in 2014, according to U Tin Win, chairman of the Myanmar Hoteliers Association. The number of foreign […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]

Ngapali Beach, Mrauk Oo to See Extra Police Force

The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) will deploy more tourist police in Thandwe and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine state due to the rising number of tourists in those areas. The areas that will see beefed up security are Thandwe, Kyauktaw, Ngapali Junction, Mazin Airport, Mrauk Oo Archaeology Museum, Shiqthaung Pagoda and Mrauk Oo Airport. The tourists […]

Ministry to Operate Charter Train for Tourists on Goteik Bridge

The Ministry of Railway will start operating a charter train specifically aimed at foreign tourists who want to pass over the famous Goteik Bridge in Northern Shan state. The tourist route will be only 6 miles (10 kilometers) long, running from Naung Cho station (also spelled Nawng Hkio) to Naung Pain Station, and the train […]

Hotel Licences in the Offing in Chin State

Licences to operate guesthouses and hotels will be issued in Chin state as part of the plan to promote the tourism industry in Myanmar’s most impoverished state, a minister said. To promote the development of nature-based tourism in Chin state, new licences to develop and operate accommodation services will be granted while the existing guest […]

Mandalay Draws Local Investment as Tourism FDIs Surge

People walk over U Bein bridge in Mandalay, a major tourist attraction of the region. Mandalay region’s tourism industry received K669 billion ($660 million) from local investors last year, more than any other states or regions in Myanmar. Myanmar’s hotel and tourism sector has attracted a record $2.56 billion in foreign investment in 2014, according […]

Tourism industry stands to show unabated growth in 2015

Myanmar attracts the bulk of its international visitors with popular destinations like Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaikhto, Mandalay and Ngapali Beach. Add to these the emerging tourism sites, including Putao, the Myeik Archipelago, Nagaland, Nat Ma Taung and Loikaw, and it becomes clear that Myanmar boasts a wide range of attractions. These could […]