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Chinese airlines moving to myanmar

More Chinese airlines are moving to Myanmar, with more planes flying to new destinations since the end of last year, according to Yangon International Airport. On Tuesday, China Eastern Airlines launched a direct Shanghai-Yangon flight using Airbus 320 aircraft. The route offers flights from Yangon International Airport three times a week. It is China Eastern […]

Tourism ministry orders industry dedollarization

YANGON—For the second time, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has ordered business owners in the Myanmar tourism industry to stop collecting payments in the form of U.S. dollars. If companies want to continue accepting U.S. dollars, a letter sent by the MOHT to the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said, they must apply to […]

Kokko Chinatown project sparks concerns in Tak

Border towns are often labelled as remote villages without modern infrastructure or amenities. However, recent economic policies such as the development of special economic zones and foreign investment have led to the urbanisation of these rural areas. A clear example of this can be seen in Mae Sot district in Tak province, located opposite to […]

Govt may have to fund Kawthoung airport modernisation

The government may have to step in to upgrade Kawthoung airport in Tanintharyi Regionif no private investor is willing to come in after Golden Myanmar Airlines, a domestic airline based out of Yangon, pulled out of the project. Department of Civil Aviation deputy director-general U Ye Htut Aung said the upgrading of the airport would […]

Two tourism zones to be set up in Mandalay

Bids will be accepted for a project to set up two tourism zones in Mandalay Region to serve foreign visitors, said U Myat Thu, chair of the Tourism Development Committee. Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill will be designated as historical sites, and Inwa ancient city in Tada-U township will be designated an architectural attraction. Acceptance […]

Inle Lake Hotel Proposal Denied

In response to opposition from locals, the President’s Office has agreed not to proceed with an Inle Lake hotel project proposed by the son of former dictator Than Shwe. Last September, the President’s Office received a petition signed by more than 4,000 lakeside residents opposing plans by the Myanmar Naing Group, owned by U Tun […]

Myanmar Sees 30 Percent Increase in Tourism During First Four Months of 2019

The number of tourists coming into Myanmar during the first four months of this year has risen by 30 percent over the same period last year. This information was shared by U Ohn Maung, Union Minister of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, at a press conference held to explain what the government has accomplished […]

First Shanghai-Yangon direct flight to open in July

Shanghai-based airlines are competing with each other to open direct flights to popular destinations in Southeast Asia to cap the rising travel demands amid the Belt and Road Initiative. Spring Airlines announced on Tuesday to open the first direct flight between Shanghai and Yangon in Myanmar from July 1. The budget carrier will operate four […]

Thailand’s Centara marks entry into Myanmar hotel scene

Thai-based hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts and KMA Hotels Group, a subsidiary of Kaung Myanmar Aung (KMA) Group of Companies, yesterday signed an agreement to develop and renovate a total of six hotels in Myanmar. The project will see three existing KMA hotels in Inle, Naypyitaw and Taungoo undergo refurbishment prior to reopening and […]

Township Lawmaker Accuses Hotels of Spoiling Ngapali’s Natural Beauty

SITTWE—A proposal was submitted on Monday to take legal action against hotels encroaching on Ngapali Beach, in the Thandwe region of southern Rakhine State. Thandwe Township lawmaker Nai Kyue Aye submitted the proposal, saying that nine beachfront hotels—Aureum Palace Hotel, Jasmine Hotel, Amazing Hotel, Ngapali Paradise Hotel, Hilton Hotel, PVI Hotel, BT Bay Hotel, Memento […]