United International Group to Open Five Amata Hotels in 2018-19

United International Group, owner and operator of Amata Hotels in Myanmar, will open five more hotels in the country, U Win Aung, group CEO of United International Group told The Myanmar Times Monday. The company will open two new Amata hotels at Inle Lake and Pindaya in Shan State, two in the Myeik archipelago at Tanintharyi Region […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand Car Rally completes First Leg

The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3 and is now on its return journey, an official statement said on Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the rally was flagged off from Guwahati on November 25 with 50 participants, including five women, […]

Cambodia, Myanmar to promote ancient temples

Cambodia and Myanmar have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the flow of national and third-country tourists to the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and to the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar. The agreement was penned on Saturday by Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Onh Maung, Myanmar’s Minister of Hotel and Tourism, […]

Govt Plans to Relocate Hotels From Bagan Archeological Zone

YANGON — Myanmar attempts to relocate controversial hotels in the archaeological site Bagan as it prepares the ancient city’s final nomination dossier to become a Unesco World Heritage Site. The temples of Bagan, dating from between the 9th and 13th centuries—when the Kingdom of Bagan ruled over much of lowland Burma—are considered Myanmar’s biggest tourist […]

MGS Group deepens push into property and hospitality

MYANMAR Golden Star Group of Companies (MGS Group), which is engaged in beverages, banking and microfinance, has expanded its business portfolio by prioritising hospitality and real estate. Thein Tun, founder of MGS Group and chairman of Tun Commercial Bank, said in a recent interview that real estate is the company’s most profitable line of business, […]

U Thein Tun picks Bagan as first hotel destination

MYANMAR businessman U Thein Tun extended his hospitality business portfolio to Bagan on September 21. The new hotel under the brand Bagan Star already has 81 rooms up and running. (U Thein Tun also owns Myanmar Consolidated Media, which publishes The Myanmar Times.) “Bagan is very attractive, with a great potential for the tourism industry […]

Caravans to carry tours and footfalls into Myanmar

To raise its own visitor numbers, Myanmar is working with operators and organisations in neighbouring countries on improving cross-border tourism in the region. One of its efforts is the development of caravan tours that run from India via Myanmar and Thailand to Singapore, revealed Khin San Aye, executive committee member of the Union of Myanmar […]

Majority of Myanmar safe to visit: tourism specialists

Travellers are being urged not to give up on Myanmar amid ongoing violent clashes in northern Rakhine State, even as travel advisories are being issued and some cancellations are already being recorded. The anxious trade is sending out a ‘Myanmar is safe’ message. The mounting conflict has led to several travel warnings against visiting Rakhine […]