Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

Pearl islands in Myanmar’s southern region to open for visitors

Some 15 islands in Myeik and Kawthoung, Myanmar’s southern coastal Tanintharyi region where pearl farms are located, will be open to visitors in October, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The 15 islands accommodate a state-owned and 11 private pearl farms. Tourist vessels are not allowed to enter into the pearl farming […]

Indian Rupee appreciation helps international travel to Myanmar

This summer, outbound travel has seen a different pattern. Neighbouring destinations such as Myanmar, Bhutan or countries the US or the UK have seen a bigger growth, thanks to the rupee appreciation. Brexit and the falling pound corresponding to the rising rupee have caused a sharp increase in the number of travellers to the UK. […]

Ngwe Saung Luxury Project Eyes Dec. 2017 Start

A luxury resort project which includes villas and a five-star hotel along Ngwe Saung beach in Ayeyarwaddy region has begun. The project is located on 160 acres of land in Bu Kwey Gyi village in Ngwe Saung and aims to be the first holiday villa project in Myanmar, U Soe Thiha Hlaing, executive director of […]

Myeik Tourism Expands to Two New Islands

To develop local tourism businesses 14 islands from the Myeik Archipelago have been proposed and two islands from the list have been confirmed as eligible to start tourism businesses, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Currently, tourism businesses are operating on Thahtay Kyun, Sagaing Inwa island and Myanmar Andaman island of Myeik Archipelago, […]

Tourism Businesses Push for More Consulates

Tourism industry players have demanded that there should be more Myanmar consulates in foreign countries as the tourism sector develops. “Many countries open consulates for the development of their country’s tourism industry. Thailand is well known for tourism but people hardly know about next-door Myanmar. Establishing consulates in foreign countries will definitely help Myanmar’s tourism […]

Hotels Sprout Up to Accommodate Increasing Tourists

Hotels are sprouting up across Myanmar to provide adequate accommodation to the increasing number of tourists, sources with the Myanmar Hoteliers Association said. A total of 340 hotels are operating across the country in 2015, compared with 290 in 2014, according to U Tin Win, chairman of the Myanmar Hoteliers Association. The number of foreign […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]

Ngapali Beach, Mrauk Oo to See Extra Police Force

The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) will deploy more tourist police in Thandwe and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine state due to the rising number of tourists in those areas. The areas that will see beefed up security are Thandwe, Kyauktaw, Ngapali Junction, Mazin Airport, Mrauk Oo Archaeology Museum, Shiqthaung Pagoda and Mrauk Oo Airport. The tourists […]

Ministry to Operate Charter Train for Tourists on Goteik Bridge

The Ministry of Railway will start operating a charter train specifically aimed at foreign tourists who want to pass over the famous Goteik Bridge in Northern Shan state. The tourist route will be only 6 miles (10 kilometers) long, running from Naung Cho station (also spelled Nawng Hkio) to Naung Pain Station, and the train […]