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Southeast Asia Courts Local Tourists as Virus Shuts Chinese Out

MANILA—Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. To make up for lost revenues, firms in the region are dangling discounted airfares, hotel accommodation and tour add-ons in a bid to […]

China’s coronavirus hits Myanmar economy

China’s coronavirus epidemic is hitting Myanmar’s important manufacturing and tourism industries as well as disrupting border trade, but in the longer term the crisis could encourage more supply chain factories to relocate from its giant neighbour. “We have lost all our customers,” said Ma Khin Khin Win, director of tourist agency Myanmar YoYo Travels and […]

Myanmar Govt Asks Tour Operators to Suspend Travel Services for Chinese Visitors

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has asked travel companies and tour operators to temporarily stop providing services to Chinese travelers planning to visit Myanmar, amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak. A deputy director of the ministry, U Aung Aye Han, told The Irrawaddy, “We warned them [travel companies] to stop offering all […]

Myanmar reports tourist arrivals

YANGON, 14 January 2020: Myanmar’s 2019 tourism performance improved 15% to give the country 1,323,994 tourist arrivals through the country’s main gateway Yangon airport. Officials released the year’s visitor data for the Yangon aviation gateway which excludes arrivals overland and through Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw the country’s two other international airports. Once overland arrivals […]

Myanmar’s economy to shine in 2020?

It was reported recently that the ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) had given Myanmar’s economy a positive outlook for the fiscal year of 2019 to 2020, expecting it to expand by 7.1 percent up from 6.8 percent in the previous fiscal year. This is largely thanks to reform momentum, improving business sentiments, growth in […]

Plans to develop new coastal tourism area in Yangon Region

The Yangon Region government has announced that it is planning to upgrade the Sel Ein Tan coastal area near Letkhokkon Beach in Kungyangon township to become a tourist destination, the region’s tourism officials say. “Some Yangonites are already going to Sel Ein Tan to escape city life and to to eat sea food. While infrastructure […]

Three Myanmar Cities Win Asean Clean Tourist City Awards

YANGON—Shan State’s Taunggyi, Kayah State’s Loikaw and Tanintharyi Region’s Dawei will receive the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard award, which recognizes the cleanest, greenest cities in Southeast Asia. Asean’s cities are assessed on seven criteria: environmental management; cleanliness; waste management; awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness; green spaces; health and safety, and urban safety and […]

Thai Investors Eye Comprehensive Tourism Investment in Tanintharyi

Thai investors have shown interest in making comprehensive tourism investment in Kawthaung and Myeik archipelago, Tanintharyi Region, according to U Thant Sin Lwin, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “There are email inquiries asking how many islands and roads are in the archipelago,” said the official. “They also want to […]

Thai Investors Look to Bring Mass Tourism to Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago

Yangon – Business owners from Thailand have expressed interest to invest in tourism in Kawthaung and the Myeik archipelago, in Tanintharyi Region in southern Myanmar, according to Director-General U Thant Sin Lwin of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “The region has mainly engaged in livestock and mining, and lately, tourism is springing […]

Myanmar tourists encouraged to use Visa in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Visa credit cards announced a partnership to promote tourism between Thailand and Myanmar. Under an ongoing campaign to encourage more Myanmar tourists to experience the benefits of digital payments while travelling overseas, locals visiting Thailand can collect a THB500 discount voucher at the Yangon International Airport. The voucher […]