Myanmar saw over 1m tourists in first half of 2016

SOME 1.69 million foreign visitors entered the country in the first six months of 2016, according to the Department of Hotels and Tourism. The department said the country’s tourism industry has seen a 4% increase compared with the same period last year. Over 650,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months last year. […]

E-visas for business travellers at border gates

The e-visa system for visitors to Myanmar will be open to business travellers entering the country through border gates. The system has been in place at Yangon International Airport since July 1. In the past, e-visas were only granted to tourists. “We are planning to open the e-visa system at border gates. Currently, e-visas are […]

Business leaders endorse single visa for five Southeast Asian

Tourists will be able to visit five Southeast Asian nations on a single visa under a scheme recommended Monday at a regional business forum in Nay Pyi Taw according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on 23 June. The recommendation was one of six made by the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Joint […]

Companies vie to cash in on Burma’s tourist boom

Burma wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number five million this year. Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung called tourism one of Burma’s fastest-growing industries, with the growth rate tripling since the country opened its doors to foreign investors in 2011. Burmese […]

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 […]

30,000 tourists use E-Visa within four months of launch

Within four months of the launch of the E-Visa system, more than 30,000 foreign travellers entered Myanmar, most of them from the US, followed by Britain and Japan. The E-Visa system, which allows tourists to secure temporary visas online, was launched on September 1, 2014, for 41 countries, most of which were in Asia. On […]

Myanmar’s Railway site to be revived for tourism

Homegrown Tala Mon Company has been awarded a contract by the local government to develop a museum, hotel, park and other tourist facilities at the Death Railway site in Thanbyuzayat township in Mon state. Min Banyar San, chairman, Tala Mon Company, told TTG Asia e-Daily that the work is expected to begin within the next […]

31 foreign hotels get permits

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 31 foreign investment hotels have been permitted to open in six regions, including Bagan and Mandalay. Twenty hotels with a total of 3,047 rooms are allowed to open in Yangon, four hotels with 660 rooms in Mandalay and one with 127 rooms in Bagan. Two foreign investment […]

Tourists to top 3 million by end of 2014

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are certain to exceed the expected number of over 3 million with over 100,000 more arrivals in the first week of December alone, according to a press release by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on December 17. A total of 2.7 million tourists visited the country from January to the […]

Tourism Development Bank to be founded to support Myanmar’s tourism sector

As Myanmar’s tourism sector has grown with the rapid influx of new tourists in recent years, the need for capital among locals who hope enter the sector has jumped sharply. To respond to this need, the Tourism Development Bank is slated to be opened to support hotels, tourism companies and local businesses, said Tin Tun […]