Nyaung-U airport to be renovated to handle more passengers

Renovation work will be carried out this year at Nyaung-U airport in Bagan to enable it to handle more passengers in the wake of the ancient city being declared a World Heritage site, said a senior civil aviation official. “We’ll carry out renovation work on the terminal. We’ll build rooms and upgrade the toilets for […]

Thailand, Myanmar agree to cooperate

Thailand and Myanmar have signed a collaboration deal to promote tourism routes connecting ancient cities of the two countries in preparation for a travel boom expected from Asean. Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) earlier this month signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Myanmar authorities to foster sustainable and cultural travel routes […]

From boom to bust for Bagan hotels

The humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine and jailing of two Reuters journalists have hit hospitality businesses in Bagan hard, industry players admitted. But the problem goes beyond these two factors, they said. The government’s lack of law enforcement and absence of infrastructure support have throttled hotels and tourism. On a recent visit, a herd of […]

Govt attempts to restart railway project through Mrauk-U

The government plans to restart a stalled railway project that will pass through Mrauk-U, an ancient city in northern Arakan State, although authorities and locals are unable to agree on where exactly the railway will traverse. The project, which started in 2009, will travel 154 kilometres between Sittwe and Mrauk-U, but has stalled because of […]