Myanmar tour operators Advocate Community Interests

Communities must be kept at the heart of community-based tourism (CBT) projects if they are to thrive, said tour operators, as Myanmar announces three initiatives slated to open next year. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism revealed that it will work with communities in Ma Kyone Galet Salone, a sea gypsy village in Kawthaung, Don […]

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel fire Caused by Old Wires

Old wires caused the October 19 fire at the internationally renowned Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, resulting in a loss in excess of Ks37,000 million, according to an officer from Yangon East District Police. A joint team of officials from the departments of fire services, police, general administration, and electrical inspection joined with the Ministry of Hotels […]

Sustainability is Key to the Future of Tourism in Myanmar

Destination management is needed to achieve sustainable tourism, which will contribute to jobs and long-term growth in Myanmar. “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” celebrated novelist, Rudyard Kipling, wrote over a century ago. Even today, his thoughts hold true, with Myanmar offering a unique experience to the […]

Myanmar’s Tourism Destination Dreams Fade Amid Empty Hotels

With its sweeping view of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering golden stupa and Myanmar’s top cultural attraction, the Esperado Lake View Hotel should be in an enviable spot. Yet, just two years after it was built, this four-star hotel sits half-empty for many months at a time, according to manager Nero Kyaw Wai. “We aren’t seeing […]

Unspoiled Coastlines of Tanintharyi Will Drive Marine Tourism in Myanmar – Ministry Official

​​ The stunning coastal region of Tanin­tharyi will play a key role in boosting My­anmar’s marine tourism sector, a senior govern­ment official has said. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism wants to encourage more tourism in the untouched south­ern region in a bid to capitalise on the growing numbers of international luxury travellers taking an […]

1,432 Hotel Licences Issued

​​ The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it has issued licences to 1,432 hotels and guest houses, including 27 with foreign investment. By last month the ministry approved 421 licences in Mandalay Region, 354 in Yangon Region and 290 in Shan State. There are reportedly more than 56,000 hotel rooms in the country with 17,700 in Yangon. There are five hotels with joint investment and 21 government-owned hotels. The ministry has allowed foreign-owned hotels in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kawthoung, Tachilek and Myeik. Investment in hotel construction reached more than US$3 billion. Singapore has led investment with US$1.6 billion, partly because it was used as a conduit by the US and other countries that imposed sanctions […]

Airport That is Set to Become Myanmar’s Largest ‘to Open by 2020’

​​ The Hanthawaddy International Airport will go ahead as a national project within the current term of government, Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio has pledged to the committee charged with the airport’s construction. Once completed, it will become a major gateway for international airlines, U Henry Van Thio, the chairman, told the committee […]

Tourism ministry eyes Myeik Archipelago

Myeik Archipelago could soon become a choice destination for luxury cruise passengers. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is planning to develop tourism in the area along with local investors, said Minister U Ohn Maung. “Thai investors interested in developing tourism in Myeik Archipelago contacted us, but we would prefer to deal with local investors […]

Outbound Tour Companies Fail to Register

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism only received six proposals for outbound tour license even after the ministry warned 69 non-compliant outbound tour companies to apply for the license. “We have already warned unlicensed travel and tour companies, but they still have not applied for the license. We have not seen those unlicensed companies operating […]

Flyma launch travel portal for small tour operators

Flymya, has expanded access of its services to include small-scale tour operators. The move aims to help smaller tour companies compete against larger agencies as Myanmar’s tourism industry continues to mature. Through Flymya’s new service, small tour companies and independent business owners can upload tour itineraries, packages and services to the Flymya site for 0 […]