Myanmar targets 4.5m tourists in 2015

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has set an ambitious target, aiming to draw 4.5 million foreign visitors this year. The visitors are expected to spend US$2 billion in the country. According to Myo Win Nyunt, a director, the ministry has been busy enlarging travel zones and making other infrastructure improvement to help tourists. “The […]

Yangon airport arrivals hit record in 2014: govt

Tourist arrivals through Yangon International Airport hit a record high in 2014, rising more than 20 percent, figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism show. The number of foreign visitors arriving through the Yangon gateway increased 21.11pc to 972,597, up from 803,014 in 2013. About 698,206 visitors, representing more than 70pc of total arrivals, […]

Visitor arrivals to Myanmar soar over 3 million in 2014

The stellar growth trajectory in international arrivals to Myanmar continued into 2014, with the country attracting over three million foreign visitors last year to surpass the government’s expected three million. President Thein Sein announced this during his New Year message on January 1. Zeyar, deputy director of Myanmar tourism promotion and international relations, Ministry of […]

Myanmar: Chinese tap visa-on-arrival

YANGON: Myanmar’s Immigration Department reports 95,713 foreign visitors obtained business related visas-on-arrival at Yangon International Airport during January to October this year. Chinese nationals topped the list with Japanese in second place. However, the report did not clarify actual breakdowns and percentage growth since the visas-on-arrivals were introduced in 2012. Myanmar began issuing business visas-on-arrival […]

Myanmar encourages visa-free travel between ASEAN nations

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Myanmar has invited ASEAN countries—except for Vietnam, which already has the policy—to allow visits by citizens from other ASEAN countries without requiring a visa, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Myanmar will take over the ASEAN chair in the coming year and will […]

Tourist arrivals on the upswing at Pho Kyar Elephant Camp

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 The number of tourists visiting Pho Kyar Elephant Camp during the peak season between October and February is expected to increase by as much as 50 percent, camp officials say. Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is located in Yedashe Township, Bago Region. It is […]

Border gateway opening leads to tourism boom in Myawady

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Tourism has been booming in the border town of Myawady since the government opened the crossing as an international gateway for foreign visitors on August 28, sources say. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has also encouraged the establishment of tourism agencies in […]

Myanmar’s once restricted sites attract foreign tourists

Myanmar’s once-restricted tourist sites are becoming places of interest among the foreign visitors, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Many famous sites such as Mogok city in Mandalay Region and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine State were once barred to foreign visitors. Although many are now open, some still require special permits. “In Rakhine, […]

US businessmen to invest in Myanmar hotel sector

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism announced that American businessmen have offered to invest in the hotel sector as privately owned enterprises or joint ventures with Myanmar partners.   The announcement was made after Senator Jim Webb, Christopher Kingsley from Brownstone Furniture and special delegates met with U Htay Aung, Minister of Hotels and Tourism. […]