Myanmar aims to attract more travelers from Japan

The ministry will be setting up booths which will showcase the pristine beaches and islands of the Myeik archipelago. Regional tourism ministers of Tanintharyi Region, Kayah, Rakhine and Kayin states would also be attending the expo to promote tourism development in their areas, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said. Among those that will be […]

Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar’s largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities. Yangon’s authorities appear to have rolled out the welcome mat for them, viewing the services as a way to improve the city’s underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Going […]

Myanmar coffee producers lag behind neighbouring countries

YANGON – Despite the fact that Myanmar has many fertile upland areas, the country is not known as a major coffee producer unlike neighbours Laos and nearby Vietnam. In recent years, local entrepreneurs have been exploring new ways to grow and market coffee domestically and abroad, with Ngwe Tun, the founder of Genuis Shan Highlands […]

Govt Questioned on Tourism Figures

Once again, the government has claimed Burma is on track to meet its tourist arrival figures for the year. Once again, the government stands accused of inflating the figures. Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung told a Saturday meeting with tourism industry leaders that despite concerns over political change in Burma, the number of tourists who […]

UMTA Gripes Over Lack of Signposts

Foreign tourists visiting Myanmar, whose number has increased significantly the last few years, are experiencing inconveniences due to a lack of noticeable guiding signposts, according to the Union of Myanmar Tourism Association (UMTA). “Foreign tourists don’t have any problem travelling in the big cities and well-frequented places but if they go to the countryside, not […]

Mergui Archipelago’s Kadan Island Slated for $4m Resort

YANGON — The Myeik Public Corporation plans to invest US$4 million in a resort on Kadan Island in the Mergui Archipelago next year, according to Kyaw Myo Paing, the manager of the firm. The company, which earlier this year disclosed that it would spearhead four new tourism projects in the largely untouched Mergui Archipelago, said […]

Four Thai-Myanmar border crossings to be opened on August 28

Myanmar and Thai citizens, as well as foreign tourists, will be allowed to pass through four Thai-Myanmar border checkpoints, including Myawady, starting from August 28, an official said. “We have received instructions to allow Thai citizens and foreign tourists to pass through all four border checkpoints on August 28. The remarkable thing is that Myanmar […]