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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 […]

Italians invest US$3.2million in Kawthoung hotel

An Italian company has been granted permission to develop a hotel project worth US$3.2million in Tanintharyi Region’s Kawthoung district, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). The move will be carried out under a joint venture – Myanmar Green Century – with a local company, DICA’s director U Kyaw Win Tun told […]

GMA expands fleet despite rising costs, low passenger volumes

U Kyaw Nyein, chief executive officer of Golden Myanmar Airlines (GMA), has been seeing a rise in the number of Chinese passengers flying between local destinations in Myanmar this year, with the number of domestic destinations having risen to 29 from 25 in 2018. This has been able to offset the fall in the number […]

Myanmar appoints ex-world bank economist deputy minister

The Myanmar President’s Office on Thursday appointed former World Bank economist and poverty specialist Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein as deputy industry minister. Among his responsibilities will be promoting private investment in state-owned enterprises to make them commercially viable. Aged 41, the holder of a PhD from a US university will be the youngest minister […]

SmartComm World expands to Myanmar and North America

Singapore 18 August 2019 – SmartComm World (SCW) today announced that they have opened two new offices. SmartComm World (Americas) LLC – Americas HQ has been incorporated in Delaware, USA. Having a large domestic population that communicates in Spanish, English and Chinese, facing increasing labor cost and having large numbers of tourists visiting its shores, […]