More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Regions and States Seek Permission to Operate Casinos

FIVE regional and state chief ministers have sought permission to operate casinos in hotels in their respective territories during a meeting with Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw in last month, according to U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Shan, Kayin and Mon discussed […]

Still no Decision on Hotels in Bagan Zone

The government is yet to decide on what to do with the hotels in Bagan heritage zone, even as the UNESCO has been suggesting their relocation since 2013. “UNESCO suggested the transfer of the hotels and buildings in heritage zone to other places since 2013, but no action has been taken yet,” UNESCO’s national project officer […]

Myanmar tour operators Advocate Community Interests

Communities must be kept at the heart of community-based tourism (CBT) projects if they are to thrive, said tour operators, as Myanmar announces three initiatives slated to open next year. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism revealed that it will work with communities in Ma Kyone Galet Salone, a sea gypsy village in Kawthaung, Don […]

Myanmar Woos China, Southeast Asian Tourists

Myanmar is shifting its tourism focus towards China and South-East Asia markets after Western and European tourist inflow witnessed a decline due to recent turmoil in northern Rakhine State. “We will focus on the countries which have good relations with Myanmar for tourism promotions, such as China, South Korea, Japan and ASEAN,” U Yan Win, […]

Can India and Myanmar Create a Tourist Circuit?

Myanmar has been in the news lately due to the Rohingya crisis, which is attracting the attention of not just the world media, but also international visitors. While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flagged the issue during his visit, the Pope did not make a direct reference to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, though he […]

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel fire Caused by Old Wires

Old wires caused the October 19 fire at the internationally renowned Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, resulting in a loss in excess of Ks37,000 million, according to an officer from Yangon East District Police. A joint team of officials from the departments of fire services, police, general administration, and electrical inspection joined with the Ministry of Hotels […]

French chamber opens branch in Mandalay

The French chamber will launch its Mandalay business centre in early November to serve European, French and Myanmar businesses eager to expand into the country’s second largest city. CCI France Myanmar Business Centre will be located in Unit 5, Block 2 of the Mingalar Mandalay Compound. Situated beside the old Chanmyathazi airport and across the […]

Nok Air kicks off new Mae Sot-Yangon route

TAK: Nok Air launched its maiden flight from Mae Sot to Yangon on Sunday to link the bustling border district with the commercial capital of Myanmar. The first flight left Mae Sot airport at 11.40am on a one-hour journey to Yangon international airport, with Thai businessmen, tourists and Myanmar passengers on board. The budget airline […]

Yoma Strategic profits from equipment sales, KFC expansion in Myanmar

On October 27, Yoma Strategic, an affiliate of First Myanmar Investments Company (FMI), which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), announced a strong set of financial results for the period ended September 30. The company announced revenues amounting to S$59 million for the six months to September 30, 2017, representing an increase of […]