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Negotiations on to ensure Alipay, WeChat use CBM payment gateway

Negotiations are under way to make sure transactions on the WeChat Pay and Alipay services — which are used by Chinese tourists visiting the country — pass through the payment gateway of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), said Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, the Yangon Region Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs. The move would help […]

Badly behaved Chinese tourists draw local ire in Myanmar

Mahagandhayon monastery in Mandalay Region is one of Myanmar’s most prominent monastic colleges. Well known for its adherence to the Buddhist monastic codes, every year it attracts thousands of tourists eager to glimpse the peaceful monastic life of the more than 1,500 monks who reside and study Buddhist teachings there. For visiting tourists, the monastery’s […]

Centara Hotels celebrates Myanmar entry

Centara Hotels and Resorts is set to expand into Myanmar through a hotel management agreement with KMA Group, a subsidiary of Kaung Myanmar Aung Group of Companies, to operate Centara KMA Resort Inle Lake. The 95-room hotel is located on the shores of Inle Lake, one of the key landmarks of central Myanmar. It is […]

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 […]

CBM extends WeChat Pay pilot phase by three months

The pilot phase for the use of the WeChat Pay service in Myanmar has been extended for a second three-month period, Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) director general Daw Myint Myint Kyi said. The pilot phase began in February when the CBM approved the request of Paypb Co Ltd for the use of the WeChat […]

Groups to study how tourism sector handles Chinese visitors

The number of Chinese tourists has increased since Myanmar started giving visa exemptions so teams have been formed to monitor their visits, according to an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. On June 21, the ministry formed groups comprising regional tourism officials in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan to monitor Chinese tourists. “Before, there […]

Trade war will drive Chinese investment in Asean to US$500 billion by 2035, think tank says

Chinese investment in Asean countries is set to more than triple to US$500 billion by 2035, with the US-China trade war likely to provide a catalyst for the spike, according to a regional think tank. The claim was made in a report published on Thursday by the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a regional macroeconomic […]

First Tourists Arrive on New Free-Visa System, 21 Western Countries to be Added

As an initial phase of implementing its new tourism strategy, the tourism ministry launched a free-visa system for tourists from Japan, South Korean and China’s Hong Kong and Macau on Monday. The move is likely to be followed in the coming years by the lifting of visa requirements for citizens of another 21 countries—especially western […]

Macao residents granted visa-on-arrival entry to Myanmar

Passport holders of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) visiting Mayanmar for tourism purposes will be granted visa-on-arrival entry to that country, authorities said. The Identification Services Bureau of Macao said in a press release on Tuesday that these visas will be granted upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay […]

Visa-free entry for Japan and South Korea soon

The government will grant visa-free entry to Myanmar for citizens of Japan and South Korea and give visas on arrival to Chinese tourists, U Khin Zaw, an adviser of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism told The Myanmar Times on Sunday. “On Friday, the government sent an official letter agreeing to give visa free entry […]