Myanmar sees record arrivals in 2015

MYANMAR attracted a record 4.2 million visitors in 2015, with at least 800,000 entering the country by air and ship, and over 2.2 million through border checkpoints, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. In Yangon alone, over 1 million arrivals were recorded, a 13.1 per cent increase from 2014. About 815,949 of the […]

STB sets sights on Myanmar arrivals

THE Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is eyeing Myanmar as an emerging source market and has announced plans to lure more arrivals. Sherleen Seah, area director for Thailand and Myanmar, STB, shared during a media engagement event in Yangon last week, that Singapore currently receives over 112,000 visitors from the South-east Asian nation, an increase of […]

Govt Questioned on Tourism Figures

Once again, the government has claimed Burma is on track to meet its tourist arrival figures for the year. Once again, the government stands accused of inflating the figures. Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung told a Saturday meeting with tourism industry leaders that despite concerns over political change in Burma, the number of tourists who […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]

Sex, knives and videotape

The sequins are being sewn on, the make-up boxes re-stocked, and girlish excitement is reaching fever point. Yet another high-profile beauty pageant – Miss Myanmar International 2015 – is about to take place in Yangon next month and the stage is once again being set for tiaras, tinsel – and tears. Myanmar’s opening-up has seen […]

India, Myanmar look to boost ties with tourism

Mandalay: With Myanmar opening up in the last few years, international focus is back on The Golden Land. As its neighbour, India, too, is fast catching up with the changing political landscape in the neighbouring country and tourism is a sector both countries want to explore to boost bilateral ties. In 2014, 3.08 million tourists […]

E-Payment Services to Come Online in February

RANGOON — Burma’s sole domestic card-based payment system, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), will offer online services beginning in early February, according to an executive. Chief Executive Officer of MPU, Zaw Lin Htut, told The Irrawaddy that local cardholders will soon be able to make online purchases after companies enroll with one of the firm’s 20 […]

Tada-U developers start on hotel zone

Construction is now under way at a large project near Mandalay aiming to first service the city’s growing tourism industry. Developers Myanmar Tourism Development Co were given the green light to start the project in Tada-U township, Mandalay Region in 2012, though construction had not begun because of the time it took to purchase land. […]

Visitor arrivals to Myanmar soar over 3 million in 2014

The stellar growth trajectory in international arrivals to Myanmar continued into 2014, with the country attracting over three million foreign visitors last year to surpass the government’s expected three million. President Thein Sein announced this during his New Year message on January 1. Zeyar, deputy director of Myanmar tourism promotion and international relations, Ministry of […]

Hotel Market in Yangon 2Q, 2014

Subscribe to our Myanmar Property Mailing List and get notified immediately whenever we have a new report Research & Forecast Report Yangon | Hotel Market 2Q 2014 More hotel zones planned to serve rapidly increasing demand Both foreign-invested and local hotel developments are projected to heighten on the back of increasing business and tourist arrival […]