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Licensed tour guides team up against interlopers

Three tour guide groups from Mandalay, Bagan and Shan State will cooperate to conduct surprise checks of unlicensed tour guides. They will team up with the tourism police and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism every Friday to inspect tourist attractions, said U Win Zaw Oo, chair of the Tour Guide Association of Mandalay. “We […]

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 […]

Despite world heritage status, Bagan’s future far from assured

BAGAN, Mandalay Region—Wandering along an unmarked dirt road in the freshly World Heritage-listed ancient city of Bagan in upper Myanmar almost always yields some sort of surprise. You may bump into a cluster of centuries-old red brick buildings, or a lone temple with unique architecture whose interior rewards visitors with the sight of murals dating […]

Govt calls for sustainable tourism investments in Tanintharyi

Amid a rise in the number of Chinese tourists and so called zero-dollar tours to Myanmar in the recent months, the government is now calling for sustainable and quality investments for Tanintharyi Region’s tourism industry. U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission and Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and U Ohn […]

Concerns may emerge when Bagan hotels, businesses are forced to move

On July 6, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Bagan as a World Heritage Site, marking Myanmar’s second entry to the list after World Heritage Status was granted to the ancient Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano in 2014. The ancient city has more than 3500 surviving stupas, temples, […]

Bangkok Airways expresses interest in opening routes to Bagan

Bangkok Airways, a Thai regional airline, is interested in opening a direct route between Bangkok and Bagan, which has just been accorded the World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Bagan, an ancient site of Buddhist temples, monasteries and fortifications in Mandalay Region, already popular with tourists, could see more interest now that it has finally […]

Bagan makes UNESCO list, but challenges remain

MANDALAY—After years of effort, Bagan, the archaeological zone and major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, was finally inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 43th session Saturday. Bagan, a major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, houses more than 3,000 pagodas and temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Despite […]

Bagan named UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bagan has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a quarter of a century after the ancient capital was first nominated. The recognition by the UN’s cultural body will serve to boost demand from both Western and Asian markets, the tourism industry says. But meeting conservation pledges and effective local governance will be critical […]

Chinese businesses moving into Bagan

Chinese nationals are starting businesses in Bagan, buying or renting hotels and restaurants, since early this year, according to local tourism and restaurant businesses. The proposal to list Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was submitted in 2018, could be one of the reasons for the interest, according to the businesses. Chinese nationals […]

Mandalay moves closer to e-government with data centre

The Mandalay regional government has launched a data centre as part of its efforts to implement an e-government system. “With this system, people will be able to observe the government’s performance and access government services more easily and quickly,” said Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung during the launch of the centre last Thursday. […]