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Residents, Some Lawmakers Oppose Hotel on Former Wildlife Area Near Inle Lake

Lawmakers of Nyaung Shwe Township, southern Shan State, have joined local residents in objecting to the proposed construction of a hotel on 90 acres of prime land in a village in the Inle Lake area. The Inle hotel zone already occupies more than 620 acres of land, and residents and lawmakers urged that there should […]

2.0 launches ride-hailing app which includes bikes, boats and horse carts

2.0 Limited has launched a new transport mobile app in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw that could rival Grab’s taxi app. The new OK app, which launched earlier this month, offers both drivers and passengers more flexibility and options compared to the other taxi apps in Myanmar. ‘’We created this app with Myanmar citizens, […]

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, […]

Memories Group makes first acquisition in Myeik as tourist interest rises

Mr Serge Pun, executive chairman of Singapore-listed Memories Group, has bought luxury yachting business Burma Boating in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, for K1.3 billion from Tint Tint Travel and Tours Company and Freepier. It is the first acquisition for Memories Group since the company listed on the Singapore Exchange in January and marks the first step […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Hotels Slash Prices Online as Part of Monsoon Season Promotion

Travellers and bargain hunters will fare well this monsoon season after more than 30 hotels around the country have announced they will slash prices as part of a promotion scheme by online hotel booking site Jovago. The promotion, which runs up until July 30, sees hotels offering discounts of 7 to 72 percent in a […]

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 […]

Myanmar Companies Ramping up Tourism Industry

YANGON — Leading companies in Myanmar are building up the tourism industry in a bid to capitalize on the increasing number of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country since democratic reforms took place. First Myanmar Investment signed an agreement in October with its Singapore-listed affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings and other companies, including SHC Capital Asia, […]

Antiques selling well with increasing number of tourists

  With an increasing number of tourists coming to Myanmar, the sale of antiques are also on the rise, it is learnt. The antique shops are dependent on tourists because they have the appreciation, knowledge and income to collect antiques. The shops are found mostly in Yangon, Mandalay, Inle, Bagan and NyaungU. Antique store owners […]

Entrepreneur taps into the travel market

Ko Mo Lwin, 26, is managing director of Peak Point Travel and Tour Company and Peak Point Business and Website Solution. “After I got my master’s degree from Australia, I couldn’t find a travel company to suit me. So I started my own, with my own structure and plan. “Now that tourism is developing in […]