About 50 pc of tourist trips cancelled, suspended last year

At the instigation of some western media about Rakhine situations, about 50 per cent of tourist trips were cancelled and suspended last year, said Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, at a coordination meeting on tourism development and the smooth operation of tourist entry, exit and visit, in Nay Pyi Taw on June […]

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization

MYAWADDY, Myanmar — Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little […]

Minister says Myanmar open to allow casinos: report

Myanmar’s minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, says the national government is not opposed to casinos being developed in the country, as a way to boost the tourism industry, reports Myanmar-based English-language Eleven Media. The minister’s comments were made in response to a question by a member of the lower house of the country’s […]

Cambodia, Myanmar to promote ancient temples

Cambodia and Myanmar have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the flow of national and third-country tourists to the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and to the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar. The agreement was penned on Saturday by Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Onh Maung, Myanmar’s Minister of Hotel and Tourism, […]

Proposal for Tourism Industry Should be Submitted to Taninthayi Region

NAYPYITAW- A proposal to implement hotels and tourism industry in Salon Island, Kawthaung Township, Taninthayi Region, should be submitted to the Taninthayi Region Government Committee, Ohn Maung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism Industry told parliament on Wednesday. Ohn Maung was replying to a question from Dr Khin Maung Win, MP of No. 11 Constituency of […]

Tourist Arrivals Reach 2.9 Million Last Year

​​ In 2016 there were tourist arrivals of around 2.9 million, down about 1.5 million compared to 2015, said Minister for Hotels and Tourism Ohn Maung. By contrast, Thailand expects around 30 million visitors a year. The ministry only recorded visitors entering with tourist, entry and businesses visas. The falling numbers were because the ministry had excluded foreigners using the land borders, he added. Day trippers were not counted as tourists, the […]

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, […]

Minister unveils Myeik strategy

Regional firms will be given priority in a business plan to turn a new tourism page in the Myeik archipelago, Taninthayi Region, says minister for hotels and tourism Ohn Maung. He said: “We have targeted the development of the Myeik archipelago to which rich people usually come on vacation. I will go there next month […]