Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

Ministries join forces to legalise casinos

Several ministries are in the process of repealing the 1986 Gambling Law that forbids the operation of casinos in the country in the hope that legalising gambling will spur tourism and boost revenue, but some people are lukewarm about the move. The ministries of Hotel and Tourism, Planning and Finance, and Home Affairs are spearheading […]

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 […]

Angkor-Bagan direct air-link will start in April 2018

STATE-owned Myanmar National Airlines will operate a direct air-link between Angkor Wat and Bagan as the part of the Cambodia-Myanmar “two countries, one destination” campaign to be implemented in April 2018. U Thet Lwin Toh, chairman of Union of Myanmar Travel Association, said last week that discussions are still in progress to launch the service. […]

Myanmar, Thailand push ‘one destination’

Bagan: Thailand and Myanmar have vowed to stimulate tourism and raise the number of visitors between the neighbouring nations to 1.5 million by 2020 as part of the “two countries, one destination” cooperative scheme. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday with the Myanmar Tourism Federation to promote tourism […]

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 […]

Poor renovation work decried as blighting Bagan’s ancient heritage

More than 600 ancient pagodas in Bagan have been ruined by botched renovation work, an architect has claimed. U Sun Oo, a member of the Bagan Management Plan Organising Committee, laid blame for the destruction on the practice of putting out complex and sensitive repair work to tender. Responsibility for maintaining the sacred Buddhist site’s […]

Thai investments promote tourism in Taninthayi

THAI investments are expected to promote tourism in Taninthayi Region, according to Thai media. A Thai company called Pongpipat has been building an international standard hotel in Taninthayi with an investment of US$125 million in an effort to capitalize on the promising tourism industry in the region. The hotel is being built on 50 acres […]

Thailand eyes Myeik archipelago as new investment destination

Thailand‘s tourism minister has made her first trip to Myeik archipelago to assess the opportunities for investment along the untouched coastline of Tanintharyi Region. Myeik district, home to almost 700,000 people, mirrors the far more frequently visited shores of southern Thailand, along the opposite coastline of a narrow strip of land. Officials from Thailand and […]

Entrance fees bypass Bagan temples

Where does the money from Bagan entrance fees go? Well, now we know – and just 2 percent is being put toward preserving the ancient city’s monuments. This has prompted observers to call for more of the income from entrance fees, which totalled more than US$4 million last year, to go toward conservation. Following a […]