Overland visits to Myanmar on the rise

MORE visitors to Myanmar are entering by land crossings, according to the country’s travel authorities. According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, about two million out of three million visitors entered the country through border gateways in 2014, as compared to 465,000 in 2012. In line with economic and political reforms, Myanmar began allowing […]

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 […]

Visas on arrival getting more popular at Yangon International Airport

More than 70,000 visitors obtained visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport during the first eight months of the year, according to the immigration department. “From January to August of this year, a total of 74,503 foreign visitors entered the country with visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport,” an immigration spokesperson said. “Chinese nationals […]

Myanmar’s young tourism entrepreneurs

Since almost five decades of rule by a military junta came to an end in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in 2011, a growing number of tourists are choosing to visit the South East Asian nation. From ancient cities, to dazzling Buddhist temples, and unspoilt beaches and countryside, it is easy to see the attraction […]

More than a thousand hotels in Myanmar

Hundreds of additional hotel rooms have been unveiled in Myanmar in the past four months, through the addition of 59 new hotels, according to the Tourism and Hotels Ministry. The ministry’s data showed that at the end of July, the number of hotels nationwide rose to 1,019, compared with 960 in March. The combined number […]

Two New Airlines Await OK from Myanmar Investment Body

YANGON — Two new domestic airlines are expecting to get the green light “soon” to begin flying both domestic and regional scheduled routes, according to Win Swe Tun, the director general of Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). “Both Apex and FMI are waiting for approval from the MIC [Myanmar Investment Commission] to start operating […]

Hotels rush to grab a piece of Myanmar market

YANGON- 300,000 visitors in 2010, one million tourists in 2012, two million last year and most probably three million in 2014. By adding a million foreign visitors, the country is in desperate need for more accommodation for visitors. The Myanmar Investment Commission granted last year permission for about $US2 billion of investment into hotels and […]