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Can India and Myanmar Create a Tourist Circuit?

Myanmar has been in the news lately due to the Rohingya crisis, which is attracting the attention of not just the world media, but also international visitors. While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flagged the issue during his visit, the Pope did not make a direct reference to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, though he […]

Myanmar to Resume Issuing Visas on Arrival to Visitors

The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population agreed to resume issuing visas on arrival (VOA) to foreign visitors after negotiating with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, a senior tourism official said. “We got initial agreement with the ministry of labor, immigration and population but the immigration department will still decide on the number of […]

Rangoon Mayor Announces Regional Plans to Ease Guesthouse Restrictions

​​ RANGOON ¬– The Rangoon divisional government plans to relax restrictions on guesthouses and hostels, according to Rangoon mayor U Maung Maung Soe, yet Union laws barring international visitors from staying in such establishments remain intact. U Maung Maung Soe said that in April, the divisional government would amend the 2013 municipal law which sets […]

Heritage Preservation Potential Boost for Tourism

​​ On March 1, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein posted a clip on Facebook saying that the regional government is preserving around 200 heritage buildings in Yangon. “We are preserving heritage buildings in Yangon numbering about 200 buildings … We also plan to preserve and renovate … the old Ministry of Hotels and […]

Myanmar Has a Key Role to Play in ‘Club Asia’ as Tourism in the Region Booms

​​ Many moons ago Singapore’s then prime minister tried to encourage the government to develop Myanmar’s tourism sector, writes Lars Henriksson. He’s finally getting his wish. In the book General Ne Win: A Political Biog­raphy academic Robert H. Taylor writes that “on 16 January 1986, Singa­pore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited Ne Win at his home […]

Rangoon to Launch Public Waterfront Area in 2017

​​ RANGOON — In an attempt to promote tourism, the Rangoon Division government will open a public downtown waterfront area next year, creating another tourist destination in Burma’s business hub. Situated on the bank of Hlaing River, also known as the Rangoon River, the former capital of Burma boasts a long riverfront, but public access […]

Ministry Declines ADB Infrastructure Loans

​​ As lawmakers last week questioned the government’s reliance on foreign loans, the tourism ministry decided to decline US$45 million offered by the Asian Development Bank. The loans and the ministry’s goals were at cross purposes, according to U Yee Mon, who serves as permanent secretary of hotels at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The […]

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, […]

Government continues to push capital as a tourism destination for event holders

The government has again announced a series of initiatives to help draw tourists to Nay Pyi Taw, including stepping up its efforts to lure foreign travellers looking for a destination to hold events and conferences. Speaking at a press conference in the capital on September 28, on the eve of World Tourism Day, U Tint […]

Myanmar agents grapple with slowdown in arrivals – TTG Asia

TRAVEL agents in Myanmar are concerned about flatlining arrival numbers after experiencing a boom in recent years. Figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reveal foreign arrivals soared from 1.6 million in 2012 to 4.6 million last year, with 5.5 million forecast for this year. However, almost two-thirds of arrivals were day trippers from […]