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Tourism Ministry remains positive as visa restrictions eased

With the easing of some visa restrictions to attract more Western tourists to take effect on October 2019, Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year, a senior official said. Aung Aye Han, deputy director general at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, said the authorities see a bright outlook for Myanmar’s tourism industry thanks […]

Authorities urged to take action against growing zero-dollar tourism

The proliferation of zero-dollar tourism, sometimes known as zero-budget tourism, is prompting calls for action against such operations, which are largely run by Chinese nationals for tourists from China. Such tours have become a bane to the tourism industry of the region, with a crackdown by the Thai government in recent years highlighting the abuses […]

Concerns grow over safety of ancient tower in Mandalay

Concerns are growing over the structural integrity of the watchtower in Mandalay Palace, home of the last Konbaung Dynasty, and one of the most popular tourist spots in the country, said people in the tourism industry. The 24-metre-tall tower, located in the southern part of the palace compound, is popular with visitors as a vantage […]

Myeik Tour Companies Accused Of Failing To Take Responsibility After Deadly Boat Accident

The speedboat sliced across a calm, glimmering sea late last month around three hours after leaving the jetty at the emerging tourist destination of Myeik, southeastern Myanmar. It was a picture of paradise, complete with an azure sky, that tour operators hope will draw more local and international travellers in the coming years despite recent […]

Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

Sichuan Airlines launches 2nd direct flight between China, Myanmar’s Yangon

China’s Sichuan Airlines has launched a new direct flight between Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province and Myanmar’s Yangon since Tuesday, a release from the Yangon Aerodrome Company, an operating company of Yangon International Airport (YIA), said on Wednesday. It became the second route of the airline between Yangon and China following the launch […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

Sichuan Airlines arrives in Yangon

Sichaun Airlines launched its first flight to Yangon (RGN) on 13 November, the day in which it started services from Xi’an (XIY). The 2,317-kilometre connection will be flown three times weekly using A320s, with the route facing no direct competition. Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport said: “Sichuan Airlines connects Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, […]

Yangon Aerodrome Company announces new milestones and upgrades for Yangon International Airport

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years. At a media briefing today to announce the five […]

China’s 9 Air spreads its wings in Mandalay

One of China’s most popular airlines, 9 Air, began a Guangzhou-Mandalay route last week, boosting the country’s sagging tourism industry amid increasing interest in the jade market. From October 2, the airline started direct flights between the two cities three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to Ji Guangping, chief of 9 […]