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On the road to tourism success

Ken Leong is a pragmatist who would not waste time on something unless he can make substantive enough contributions and gain from it. But there’s always something that fascinates him about Myanmar – the resilience and friendliness of its people and their unique charming cultures, as well as the refreshing natural topography despite being in […]

Myanmar turns attention to Asian travellers as European markets decline

With Asian markets dominating in the face of declining European arrivals, Myanmar tourism players are shifting their focus to intra-regional travellers. The Asian market accounted for 70 per cent of international arrivals to Myanmar in 2017. Growth in the market is led by Vietnamese visitors, with a 75 per cent year-on-year increase at Yangon International […]

Ministry criticises slow action on visa-on-arrival proposal

Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung criticised the slow action on the ministry’s proposal to issue a visa-on-arrival (VOA) to tourists from China, Japan and South Korea to boost the country’s tourism. “We thought they (the Immigration Department) would give visas-on-arrival for package tours if visitors arrive by air,” U Ohn Maung told […]

New Fish Market in Tanintharyi Region

Tanintharyi Region in the south of Myanmar will get a fish auction market and a development zone near the mouth of the Dawei river where the economic zone and a deep-sea port projects are under way. Vice President Henry Van Thio yesterday visited the market and economic zone project in Thayetchaung Township south of the […]

Can India and Myanmar Create a Tourist Circuit?

Myanmar has been in the news lately due to the Rohingya crisis, which is attracting the attention of not just the world media, but also international visitors. While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flagged the issue during his visit, the Pope did not make a direct reference to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, though he […]

Myanmar to Resume Issuing Visas on Arrival to Visitors

The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population agreed to resume issuing visas on arrival (VOA) to foreign visitors after negotiating with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, a senior tourism official said. “We got initial agreement with the ministry of labor, immigration and population but the immigration department will still decide on the number of […]

Myanmar aims to attract more travelers from Japan

The ministry will be setting up booths which will showcase the pristine beaches and islands of the Myeik archipelago. Regional tourism ministers of Tanintharyi Region, Kayah, Rakhine and Kayin states would also be attending the expo to promote tourism development in their areas, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said. Among those that will be […]

Keppel Land builds up Myanmar presence with expansions

Keppel Land is strengthening its hotel and commercial portfolio in Yangon, Myanmar’s rapidly developing leading city. The Singapore-listed property firm yesterday held a topping-off ceremony for its joint venture project, Junction City Tower, which is being developed jointly with Myanmar-based construction company Shwe Taung Group. Keppel Land holds 40 per cent of the project with […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Yangon chief brushes off hotel project suit

The fight over the future of one of downtown Yangon’s most iconic colonial-era buildings intensified yesterday amid accusations of lying. The charge came only days after the Myanmar Lawyers’ Network had filed suit, for the third time, to block plans to turn the old Small Claims Court – the former headquarters of the Burma Socialist […]