Myanmar hotel prices ‘need to be more competitive’

TOURISM operators in Myanmar have been urged to focus on more competitive prices and reforming products At a seminar entitled “Myanmar Tourism Outlook 2016”, Thet Lwin Toh, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association and the boss of Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Co, said that hotel, airfare and package tour fees must be competitive. […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]

Travel Association Calls for ‘ASEAN Plus Three’ Visa Exemption Deal

RANGOON — The Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations (FATA) has called on ASEAN countries to waive entry visa requirements for travelers among the 10 nations, as well as from China, Japan and South Korea, in order to boost the regional tourism industry, FATA’s president told The Irrawaddy this week. “More Chinese, Korean and Japanese tourists […]

Industry Experts See Potential in Backpacker Boom

YANGON — The backpacker, a unique variety of traveler associated with intrepid, low-cost wandering, is fast becoming a cardinal feature of Myanmar’s tourist scene, according to industry experts. The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA), a private-sector bloc established in 2002, told The Irrawaddy that the industry might benefit from catering to foreign independent travelers […]

2014 Tourism Receipts Expected to Top $1 Billion

Myanmar’s tourism industry is expected to earn more than $1 billion this year, said U Thet Naign Toe, vice chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA). In 2012 and 2013, income from tourism receipts were $534 million and $926 million respectively, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Between […]

Three-year project to promote tourism in Myanmar’s Kayah state

MYANMAR has kicked off a new US$1.9 million joint development programme to nurture the tourism potential of the eastern state of Kayah, funded by the Netherlands government. Launched late last month, the project is co-designed by the Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries and Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC), and will […]

Business is ‘booming’ but challenges linger, says tourism industry expert

As an industry observer, it’s hard to find somebodywith a better perspective of Myanmar’s tourism sector than U Phyoe Wai Yar Zar. He runs a successful travel and tour company(All Asia Exclusive Travel Co), chairs the Myanmar Tourism Marketing body, is joint secretary general of the Myanmar Tourism Federation and is an executive committeemember for […]

Ready or Not, the Tourists Are Coming

Consult-Myanmar welcomes you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 “Right here,” says U Aye Kyaw, pointing to the floor of his office in downtown Yangon, where two Scandinavian tourists had to sleep after they were unable to find proper accommodation. That was last year, when a record one million foreign arrivals put […]

Myanmar Trade and Business Association List

We get alot of questions about what are the various business and trade associations other than UMFCCI that a foreign investor should know about. Appended below is the list that we recommend: Myanmar Gems & Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association     29,Min Ye Kyaw Swar Rd.,Ward (8),LMDW 218451, 2300159   Association of Myanmar Architects [AMA]     Ward (9),HLG 519673~76 […]