Two countries, one destinations” campaign to be established for Bagan and Siem Reap

Myanmar’s Ministry of Tourism is pushing forward with the implementation of a “two countries, one destination” campaign that hinges on establishing direct flights between the historic cities of Bagan and Siem Reap. The campaign’s single-visa programme would allow tourists holding either a Myanmar or Cambodia visa to travel directly between the two countries without the […]

Antiques selling well with increasing number of tourists

  With an increasing number of tourists coming to Myanmar, the sale of antiques are also on the rise, it is learnt. The antique shops are dependent on tourists because they have the appreciation, knowledge and income to collect antiques. The shops are found mostly in Yangon, Mandalay, Inle, Bagan and NyaungU. Antique store owners […]

Myanmar saw over 1m tourists in first half of 2016

SOME 1.69 million foreign visitors entered the country in the first six months of 2016, according to the Department of Hotels and Tourism. The department said the country’s tourism industry has seen a 4% increase compared with the same period last year. Over 650,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months last year. […]

E-visas for business travellers at border gates

The e-visa system for visitors to Myanmar will be open to business travellers entering the country through border gates. The system has been in place at Yangon International Airport since July 1. In the past, e-visas were only granted to tourists. “We are planning to open the e-visa system at border gates. Currently, e-visas are […]

Business leaders endorse single visa for five Southeast Asian

Tourists will be able to visit five Southeast Asian nations on a single visa under a scheme recommended Monday at a regional business forum in Nay Pyi Taw according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on 23 June. The recommendation was one of six made by the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Joint […]

Companies vie to cash in on Burma’s tourist boom

Burma wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number five million this year. Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung called tourism one of Burma’s fastest-growing industries, with the growth rate tripling since the country opened its doors to foreign investors in 2011. Burmese […]

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 […]

30,000 tourists use E-Visa within four months of launch

Within four months of the launch of the E-Visa system, more than 30,000 foreign travellers entered Myanmar, most of them from the US, followed by Britain and Japan. The E-Visa system, which allows tourists to secure temporary visas online, was launched on September 1, 2014, for 41 countries, most of which were in Asia. On […]

Myanmar’s Railway site to be revived for tourism

Homegrown Tala Mon Company has been awarded a contract by the local government to develop a museum, hotel, park and other tourist facilities at the Death Railway site in Thanbyuzayat township in Mon state. Min Banyar San, chairman, Tala Mon Company, told TTG Asia e-Daily that the work is expected to begin within the next […]

31 foreign hotels get permits

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 31 foreign investment hotels have been permitted to open in six regions, including Bagan and Mandalay. Twenty hotels with a total of 3,047 rooms are allowed to open in Yangon, four hotels with 660 rooms in Mandalay and one with 127 rooms in Bagan. Two foreign investment […]