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Visa-on-arrival granted to citizens of six countries

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has released a statement that it will issue the visa-on-arrival to the ordinary passport holders from Italy, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Russia for the one-year probationary period, in a bid to encourage the inflow of tourists to Myanmar. Under the visa-on-arrival system, tourists from these countries can enter Myanmar […]

Myanmar, China to collaborate on infrastructure, technology

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and one agreement with China on April 25, according to the Ministry of Information. The two MoUs and agreement were signed during a meeting between Daw Suu and Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International […]

Tourist arrivals rise 3.15% in ’18

Myanmar received over 3.55 million foreign tourists last year, a 3.15 percent increase over the 3.44 million in 2017, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. “During 2018, tourist arrivals from western countries were low, and most visitors came from Asia, so the amount of tourism income will be different than last year, but […]

Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

Yangon Aerodrome Company announces new milestones and upgrades for Yangon International Airport

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years. At a media briefing today to announce the five […]

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 […]