Department to call for tenders to upgrade three domestic airports

The tender call invites developers who are interested to upgrade the infrastructure projects through a public-private partnership (PPP) system, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of DCA told The Myanmar Times. Public-private partnerships between a government agency and private-sector company can be used to finance, construct and operate projects, such as night markets and […]

Yangon’s economy–the strength of the nation

Yangon Region is a place where most of the income of the nation earns. All the goods are also flowing into the region from every corner of the country. Economic development in this region will surely bring about development of other regions and states. The following is the views of economic experts on development of […]

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 […]

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 […]