The big lure of little lodges

Myanmar’s rising collection of eco-lodges, which are tapping a new breed of eco-conscious travellers, are helping to lift communities out of poverty while preserving cultural traditions. By Marissa Carruthers As travellers become more aware of their footprint and the impact they have on locals, hopes are being pinned on Myanmar’s mounting eco-lodges piquing the interest […]

Mushrooming of eco-lodges in Myanmar paves way for poverty reduction

Eco-lodges sprouting around Myanmar help lift communities out of poverty Myanmar’s tourism ministry backs the creation of CBT projects CBT projects help spread tourist footfalls deeper into the country, attract new markets As travellers become more aware of their footprint and the impact they have on locals, hopes are being pinned on Myanmar’s mounting eco-lodges […]

Yangon Region issues licences to over 340 hotels, over 100 guesthouses

The Hotels and Tourism Ministry and the regional tourism committee have granted licenses to a total of 346 hotels with 21,142 rooms, and 101 guesthouses with 2,014 rooms. “Yangon, the commercial hub of the country, is attracting tourists due to its cultural significance and heritage. To ensure sufficient rooms, the ministry has been issuing licences […]

State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Myanmar VP calls for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers

YANGON, June 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers to the country, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. Addressing the opening of the the Myanmar Tourism Conference in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, U Henry Van Thio urged for targeting Eastern countries of China, Japan, […]

Myanmar strives for more reforms to boost tourism

Despite the decline in tourist arrivals last year, Myanmar aims to rebound its tourism growth by undertaking reforms to improve both domestic and international travels, says a tourism boss. Tint Thwin, director general at the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, said in an interview the government now focuses on easing of some restrictions and creating […]

Myanmar seeks avoidance of tourism pitfalls in sustainable development

As Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism gears up to launch a campaign to promote its southern “virgin” archipelago, union minister Ohn Maung said responsible and sustainable tourism practices are essential to preserve the country’s beauty and culture. Hoping to learn from other ASEAN member countries, he will visit Thailand’s largest tourist island Phuket on […]