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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 […]

Sichuan Airlines arrives in Yangon

Sichaun Airlines launched its first flight to Yangon (RGN) on 13 November, the day in which it started services from Xi’an (XIY). The 2,317-kilometre connection will be flown three times weekly using A320s, with the route facing no direct competition. Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport said: “Sichuan Airlines connects Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, […]

Night markets seen to boost Yangon tourism

Plans have been put forward to make Yangon, already one of the most-visited destinations in Myanmar, even more attractive to tourists. Among the ideas brought up during a meeting last week between the regional government and business organisations in the travel industry, was the proposal that more Sunday markets and night markets be set up […]

Govt. plans to attract more tourists through Maw Taung gate

Maw Taung border gate in Myanmar-Thailand border is seeing less tourists and it need to open permanently to attract the tourists, according to officials and traders. Trading and tourism sectors through Maw Taung border gate have restrictions as it is a special temporary border trade post in Thailand side. Myanmar opened the border gate as […]

Visitor growth to Myanmar slows to 2% this year

Growth in passenger numbers in the aviation sector stalls this year, as the humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine has “discouraged potential visitors”, according to a Singapore-based aviation industry consultancy. The report “Myanmar international aviation: overcapacity as tourism growth slows” was produced by Centre for Aviation (CAPA) last month. Visitor numbers from Western Europe fell by […]

We speak to the GM of Grand Mercure in Myanmar – Accor’s latest gem in the “land of gems”

Grand Mercure recently announced the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations but is emerging as a popular travel destination. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the country welcomed just 21,000 international arrivals in 1990, that […]

Myeik archipelago pearl farms to welcome tourists in October

Local and foreign tourists can start visiting pearl farms in Tanintharyi Region in October as part of a tourism-promotion programme, according to the Myanmar Tourism Federation. Pearl farms in the Myeik archipelago are not normally open to the public, but tourism operators convinced government officials to allow tourists to visit them, U Myo Win Than, […]

State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Grand Mercure Debuts in Myanmar

GRAND MERCURE announces the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm yet only recently emerging into the modern world. Myanmar has seen its emergence as a […]

Myanmar opens visa-on-arrival door

YANGON, 31 July 2018: Myanmar confirmed late last week it would ease visa procedures for three nationalities 1 October. Tourism officials quoted government sources saying tourists from Japan, South Korea and China would be granted a visa-on-arrival for up to 28 days. Details were sketchy with none of the official websites for the Hotels and […]