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After year’s delay, ministry has yet to issue liquor licenses to 1400 businesses

After almost a year, more than a thousand hotels and guest houses are still waiting for the Ministry of Home Affairs to give them official liquor licenses. “But they [the ministry] has still not responded about the liquor license issue,” U Myo Win Nyunt, director of the Hotel and Tourism Ministry, told The Myanmar Times […]

Myanmar Aims to Harmonise Hotel Industry, Environment

The newfound political stability in Myanmar since the peaceful transition to democracy began two years ago has led to a boom in the country’s hotel industry, buoyed by the influx of tourists. But in the rush to construct more hotels to provide accommodation for the bourgeoning tourism sector, issues related to environment and environmental conservation […]

Ministry to license domestic pilgrimage tour operators

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will issue a one-year license to domestic pilgrimage tour operators in December, U Myo Win Nyunt, director of the ministry said on November 30. “We have received applications from nine domestic pilgrimage tour operators for the one-year temporary license, which will be issued in December,” he said. According to […]

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. […]

Ministry orders ban on sand mining

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has told the Rakhine State government to order a halt on sand mining on a series of popular beaches in the Ngapali area, as a public campaign against the practice continued to gain momentum over the past week. The announcement came as a truck, apparently owned by a company […]

Travel Agents object to rules on new outbound tour licence

A plan to issue licences to tour companies to organise overseas trips has been criticised for being too restrictive, with more than 100 registered agents complaining against the new rules. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is inviting travel and tour companies to apply for outbound licences, which were introduced on February 1 after years […]