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Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport attracts over 1.14 mln tourists in 2018

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport attracted over 1.14 million tourists in the whole 2018. According to the report on the Yangon Region Government’s third year tenure on Wednesday, the authorities permitted 11 hotels to operate in Yangon region and granted 299 travel agencies, issuing 145 tour guide licenses and 162 transport licenses last year. Myanmar received […]

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 […]

Myanmar sees constant flow of tourists through Tachilek border gate

Between 15-21 March, Myanmar welcomed 22,872 tourists, who entered the country through the Tachilek border gate for overnight and day trips, according to the Tachilek branch of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism. A total of 20,588 tourists from Thailand and 300 tourists from other countries entered Tachilek for a day trip. A total of […]

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, […]