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 […]

Myawaddy tourism industry affects due to high rise in fuel prices

Myawaddy- As US dollar price increases, Thai’s Baht had also increased. As a consequence, fuels imported from Thailand were costing higher compare to last month which in turn affected the tourism industry in Myawaddy. Motor vehicles in Myawaddy-Hpa An, Myawaddy-Mawlamyaing and vehicles in entire Myanmar faced difficulties due to soaring fuel prices. “Even though fuel […]

Pearl islands in Myanmar’s southern region to open for visitors

Some 15 islands in Myeik and Kawthoung, Myanmar’s southern coastal Tanintharyi region where pearl farms are located, will be open to visitors in October, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The 15 islands accommodate a state-owned and 11 private pearl farms. Tourist vessels are not allowed to enter into the pearl farming […]

Myanmar VP calls for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers

YANGON, June 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers to the country, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. Addressing the opening of the the Myanmar Tourism Conference in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, U Henry Van Thio urged for targeting Eastern countries of China, Japan, […]

South Korean investors eye Asean tourism industry

SOUTH KOREAN investors are interested in expanding their investment in the tourism industry throughout the Asean bloc due to strong interest of international tourists in the region. For example, Daewoo Amara Co Ltd has expanded its initial 2013 investment in the Lotte Hotel Yangon, said CEO Lim Seon Kyu. The joint venture between the Korean […]

On the road to tourism success

Ken Leong is a pragmatist who would not waste time on something unless he can make substantive enough contributions and gain from it. But there’s always something that fascinates him about Myanmar – the resilience and friendliness of its people and their unique charming cultures, as well as the refreshing natural topography despite being in […]

Visitors damage coral reefs on Cocks Comb

Ninety percent of the coral reefs on a famous island, Cocks Comb have been damaged by the uncontrolled influx of visitors during the past two years, U Phyo Wai Yarzar, advisor of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday. adCocks Comb Island is just off the coast of Kawthaung and part […]

Proposal for Tourism Industry Should be Submitted to Taninthayi Region

NAYPYITAW- A proposal to implement hotels and tourism industry in Salon Island, Kawthaung Township, Taninthayi Region, should be submitted to the Taninthayi Region Government Committee, Ohn Maung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism Industry told parliament on Wednesday. Ohn Maung was replying to a question from Dr Khin Maung Win, MP of No. 11 Constituency of […]

U Thein Tun picks Bagan as first hotel destination

MYANMAR businessman U Thein Tun extended his hospitality business portfolio to Bagan on September 21. The new hotel under the brand Bagan Star already has 81 rooms up and running. (U Thein Tun also owns Myanmar Consolidated Media, which publishes The Myanmar Times.) “Bagan is very attractive, with a great potential for the tourism industry […]

First China-Myanmar tourism industry training course opens today in Yangon

The first China-Myanmar hotel and tourism vocational one-month course will open Thursday in Yangon, thanks to the cooperation between the embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Teachers from Dehong Vocational College of Yunnan will instruct 30 young waiters and waitress in restaurant services. From this initial training, […]