Myanmar turns attention to Asian travellers as European markets decline

With Asian markets dominating in the face of declining European arrivals, Myanmar tourism players are shifting their focus to intra-regional travellers. The Asian market accounted for 70 per cent of international arrivals to Myanmar in 2017. Growth in the market is led by Vietnamese visitors, with a 75 per cent year-on-year increase at Yangon International […]

Myanmar woos Asian tourists amid Rakkhine crisis

YANGON — These are anxious times for Myanmar’s tourism industry, as the country’s international reputation takes a battering. But shares in Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun’s Memories Group — which includes hotel construction and travel management services — have defied the uncertainty. The company’s shares have risen 12.3% since their January 5 debut to 0.32 Singapore […]

Myanmar wants Japanese Tourists: Attending a JATA Tokyo

With its gorgeous islands in the south, pristine beaches in the west and picturesque mountains in the north, Myanmar has plenty of new, exciting destinations worth visiting and attractions awaiting to be discovered. That’s the message Myanmar Tourism Marketing is bringing to the world’s leading tourism event, JATA Tourism Expo, which kicks off today in […]

Majority of Myanmar safe to visit: tourism specialists

Travellers are being urged not to give up on Myanmar amid ongoing violent clashes in northern Rakhine State, even as travel advisories are being issued and some cancellations are already being recorded. The anxious trade is sending out a ‘Myanmar is safe’ message. The mounting conflict has led to several travel warnings against visiting Rakhine […]

Myanmar Strikes While Visa-Free Iron is Hot

With visa exemption between Myanmar and Singapore coming into effect from December 1, Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) held the destination’s first B2B roadshow in Singapore last Friday, intent on casting a wider net in the city-state. Myanmar’s minister of hotel and tourism Ohn Maung said: “I expect a 35 per cent increase in Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar, […]

First Female Myanmar 5 Star Hotel GM: ‘If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?’

In early 2014, May Myat Mon Win became the general manager of the Chatrium Hotel Royal in Yangon, making her Myanmar’s first female head of a five-star hotel. Humble and energetic, skilled and passionate, May Myat Mon Win spoke with The Irrawaddy about what it takes to make it in Myanmar’s booming hospitality sector and […]