Myanmar’s tourism boom faces manpower challenges

Tourism is booming in Myanmar. Over the past five years, visitors have been pouring into the country, after it shook off its image as a “pariah” state with the establishment of a quasi-civilian government and, for the first time in more than half a century, an administration under new leadership this year. Tourist arrivals surged […]

Tourism industry booming in Mandalay in December

Tourist arrivals have increased in Mandalay due partly to the addition of more Mandalay-Bangkok- Yangon flights and more direct flights between Mandalay and Hong Kong in December. Adding to the burgeoning popularity of central Myanmar is the allowance since September for foreign tourists to enter Myanmar through border entrances with an evisa, available online. Tourists […]

6 hotels linked with Jovago offer 10 to 50 per cent promotion

To boost the number of travellers to Ngapali, six hotels linked with Jovago will offer 10 to 50 per cent promotion, it is learnt. Jovago has linked with a total of nine hotels in Ngapali which receive a small number of travellers mostly because of costs and difficulties in transportation. There are four wellknown beaches […]

Ministry to amend Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Law

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is preparing to make amendments to the Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Law of 1993 to effectuate tourism development in harmony with each township in various regions and states. The Hotels and Tourism ministry is exerting efforts in providing necessary tourism facilities by issuing licenses for hotels and guesthouses, travel […]

Inle Lake, the most visited spot in Myanmar

Nyaungshwe, the principal town in the Inle Lake area, tops the list of most popular international travel destinations in Myanmar, followed by Bagan- NyaungU, which hosts about 300 foreign visitors per day. Approximately 600 foreigntourists enter Nyaungshwe daily to visit Inle Lake, the popular inland freshwater lake. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has put […]

Tourism ministry to cut admin charges in half to spur growth

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is cutting administrative charges it levies on operators of tourism-related business in half, in order to promote more foreign investment into the sector and more foreign visitors to Myanmar. A list of updated administrative costs will be released on October 1, affecting operators of hotels and guest houses, tour […]

New hotel construction prohibited in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Kalaw

Construction of new hotels has been halted in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Kalaw due to the burgeoning number of rooms at hotels, motels and guest houses that far outnumber the demand from tourists, it is learnt from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. According to ministry statistics, 46 per cent of the rooms […]

Ministry orders ban on sand mining

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has told the Rakhine State government to order a halt on sand mining on a series of popular beaches in the Ngapali area, as a public campaign against the practice continued to gain momentum over the past week. The announcement came as a truck, apparently owned by a company […]

Upgrades needed if Nay Pyi Taw is to develop as a tourism destination

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced a number of moves designed to promote Nay Pyi Taw as a tourist destination, but industry insiders say there is a ways to go before the capital attracting many holidaymakers. Initiatives are targeted at promoting the capital as a destination for MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and […]

Poor aviation infrastructure hinders Myanmar’s aviation potential

Slow improvement in aviation infrastructure remains the biggest hurdle that Myanmar must overcome if it is to cash in on the Asean Open Skies or even pursue its dream to become an aviation hub in Asia. At the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in March 2014, Transport Minister Nyan Htun Aung announced Myanmar’s vision “that […]