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Groups and businesses gather in Loikaw for community tourism conference

Community-based tourism could become an alternative source of income for the communities in Kayah State and beyond, replacing developments which damage the environment. Aiming to bring together tourism businesses and community-based groups, the fourth National Conference on Communities and Tourism will be held in Loikaw, Kayah State from June 6 to June 8. The seminar […]

Myanmar’s poorest state beckons investors

CHIN state’s underdeveloped infrastructure presents great opportunities for domestic and foreign investors if they do their homework, says a report that looks into business prospects in Myanmar’s poorest region. Min Zaw Oo, director of Chin State at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, said investors should not hesitate to invest in Chin state where […]

Fixing the tourism industry

The govt wants to lure tourists back to Myanmar. Will its efforts work? The Myanmar tourism industry has suffered from a big drop in tourists due to the unfolding refugee crisis in northern Rakhine. With the number of visitors from the US and Europe declining sharply over the past year, some tour companies and hoteliers […]

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, […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]

Dirt-poor Chin State hidden gem for investors

THE regional government in Chin State, together with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and a UK-funded initiative, hailed Chin as a hidden gem overlooked by domestic and international investors. Renewable energy, tourism, agribusiness, weaving and urban development are pitched as key areas for development. Chin State, the least developed among Myanmar’s 14 […]

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 […]

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 […]