Myanmar’s Shangri-La Hotel Temporarily Closes Amid COVID-19 Impact

Yangon – The five-star Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon is the largest of more than 1,000 hotels in Myanmar to temporarily close due to COVID-19. The Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Group invests in real estate and operates more than 100 hotels and resorts in 76 global destinations. It is part of Malaysia’s Kuok Group, one of […]

Ngapali hotels reopen to small turnout

A small number of hotels and resorts in Ngapali beach have reopened their doors but the response has been disappointing. Five establishments – Amazing Ngapali Resort, AZ Family Resort Hotel, Royal Linthar Lodge, Kyaw Myanmar Lodge and Htein Linn Thar Guest House – out of over 60 hotels at Ngapali beach were allowed to reopen […]

Invitation for tender to rent colonial era Nan Myaing Hotel at Pyin Oo Lwin Hill. Closing 8 Feb 2021

Nan Myaing Hotel in PyinOoLwin will be rented, according to the tender committee of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The tender committee has announced to invite open tender starting from 8 January to rent Nan Myaing Hotel. See Google Map location here PyinOoLwin Nan Myaing Hotel, built between 1918 and 1922, is owned by […]

Myanmar looks to agritourism, other novel ideas to boost revenue

There are plans to leverage on agritourism in five states and regions across Myanmar to support the ailing sector, according to Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. Agritourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Discussions are also being concurrently carried out with state and regional governments, with priorities […]

Coronavirus Hits Myanmar’s Travel Agents

Yangon – Myanmar’s travel agents have been further hit by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s suspension of visas-on-arrival for Chinese tourists and demands that tour operators cancel Chinese trips to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The ministry canceled visas-on-arrival for Chinese visitors on Saturday and on Monday instructed tour operators to suspend all […]

Yangon airport installs digital concierge to help passengers

The Yangon International Airport on Sunday launched a digital-concierge system aimed at helping travellers in the country’s premier airport, a senior official said. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism also launched a QR code project that provides information on the latest promotions found at the ministry’s website. Union Minister U Ohn Maung and Yangon Region […]

Myanmar expects over 1 mln tourists through Thai border crossings this year

Tourist arrivals to Myanmar via the country’s border checkpoints with Thailand have been increasing significantly this year and are expected to reach 1 million soon. The number of day-trippers from Thailand and other countries who visited Myanmar through Tachilek border gate in Eastern Shan State during the period from 1 January to 17 October this […]

Yangon Region issues licences to over 340 hotels, over 100 guesthouses

The Hotels and Tourism Ministry and the regional tourism committee have granted licenses to a total of 346 hotels with 21,142 rooms, and 101 guesthouses with 2,014 rooms. “Yangon, the commercial hub of the country, is attracting tourists due to its cultural significance and heritage. To ensure sufficient rooms, the ministry has been issuing licences […]

Myanmar gives more tourists visa-on-arrival access in move to open up

Tourists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Russia have been given visa-on-arrival access for US$50 each at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Starting from October 1, passport holders from the six countries will no longer require pre-arranged approval, the authorities said. “We hope the new regulations to ease access to Myanmar […]

Italians invest US$3.2million in Kawthoung hotel

An Italian company has been granted permission to develop a hotel project worth US$3.2million in Tanintharyi Region’s Kawthoung district, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). The move will be carried out under a joint venture – Myanmar Green Century – with a local company, DICA’s director U Kyaw Win Tun told […]