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Mandalay attracts over half a million tourists

More than 500,000 foreign tourists visited Mandalay Region in the first 10 months of the year, topping last year’s annual figures, a senior official of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism in Upper Myanmar said. U San Yu, deputy director of the directorate, said over 490,000 foreign tourists visited Mandalay in 2018, and his office […]

Tourism key to Kachin growth, but transport infrastructure is lacking

At the very first investment seminar held in Kachin State last week, the government and local ethnic businesses agreed to focus on developing tourism and other sectors of the Kachin economy to reduce its reliance on mining. Kachin’s economy contributes just 1.9 percent to Myanmar’s GDP, most of which comes from the mining sector. “Kachin […]

KBZPay to expand cashless service offering

KBZPay is expecting its users to rise by 42 percent to 5 million by the end of the year and for that number to expand sixfold to 30 million by 2028 with options to go cashless in various areas of the economy to come onstream, said U Soe Ko Ko, head of agent banking at […]

Public video contest aims to boost Myanmar tourism

In the past two years, the number of tourists visiting Myanmar has dropped, so CCI France Myanmar, the French chamber of commerce, has formed a partnership with the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association to launch the #CometoMyanmar video contest to promote the country as a tourist destination. The competition is only open to Myanmar nationals and […]

Myanmar gives more tourists visa-on-arrival access in move to open up

Tourists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Russia have been given visa-on-arrival access for US$50 each at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Starting from October 1, passport holders from the six countries will no longer require pre-arranged approval, the authorities said. “We hope the new regulations to ease access to Myanmar […]

Myanmar, Thailand accelerate plans to link, electrify Dawei SEZ

Myanmar and Thailand will speed up development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and deep sea port at Dawei in Tanintharyi Region, officials said during the 9th Myanmar – Thailand Joint Coordinating Committee meeting last week. Basic infrastructure such as roads connecting the SEZ to Thailand and necessities like electricity will be prioritised and carried […]

Badly behaved Chinese tourists draw local ire in Myanmar

Mahagandhayon monastery in Mandalay Region is one of Myanmar’s most prominent monastic colleges. Well known for its adherence to the Buddhist monastic codes, every year it attracts thousands of tourists eager to glimpse the peaceful monastic life of the more than 1,500 monks who reside and study Buddhist teachings there. For visiting tourists, the monastery’s […]

Myeik Archipelago to launch new tour programs

MYEIK-Plans are underway to launch new tour programs at the Myeik Archipelago in Tanintharyi Region because tourism period will start soon, according to tourism agencies. Although authorities planned to begin tourism season in Myeik Archipelago in mid September, the plan would be implemented depending on the weather. “We already planned to launch the tourism season […]

Yangon approves $238M in hotel, tourism investments

Yangon’s Regional Tourism Committee recently announced that investments totalling US$238 million and K119.63 billion were approved for the region’s hotels and tourism sector between May and August. In the same period, the committee approved investments for 33 new hotels and eight guest houses, approved 18 new hotels, 400 new travel agencies, and 200 tour guides. […]

Hilton Says Myanmar’s Bright Economic Outlook Bodes Well for New Yangon Hotel

Hotel operator Hilton offered an upbeat view of Myanmar’s economic prospects, particularly for its tourism sector, as it provided an update on its Hilton Times City hotel project at a press conference on Aug. 29. The 308-room hotel is due to open in 2021 in the compound of the Times City mixed-used complex, located between […]