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Southeast Asia Courts Local Tourists as Virus Shuts Chinese Out

MANILA—Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. To make up for lost revenues, firms in the region are dangling discounted airfares, hotel accommodation and tour add-ons in a bid to […]

Myanmar Tour Guides Object to Granting Entry to Chinese Tourists With Health Notes

MANDALAY—The Mandalay Tourist Guide Society (MTGS) on Monday opposed any move to allow mainland Chinese tourists who have health clearance letters to enter the country, as the death toll from COVID19, also known as the novel coronavirus, reached 1,770 in China. The idea of obtaining health assurance letters from Chinese tourists as a condition of […]

Coronavirus Hits Myanmar’s Travel Agents

Yangon – Myanmar’s travel agents have been further hit by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s suspension of visas-on-arrival for Chinese tourists and demands that tour operators cancel Chinese trips to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The ministry canceled visas-on-arrival for Chinese visitors on Saturday and on Monday instructed tour operators to suspend all […]

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 […]