Chinese tourism in Myanmar growing, while industry still adapts

YANGON—Chinese arrivals in Myanmar have increased by nearly 200,000 over the last year thanks to Myanmar’s relaxed visa stipulations, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Myanmar received 320,882 Chinese travelers from January through June, an increase of 187,185 compared to the same period last year. Japanese and Korean arrivals in Myanmar also increased […]

New Shenzhen-Nay Pyi Taw flight launched

Dong Hai Airlines has launched a direct B738 route between Shenzhen and Nay Pyi Taw. The flight commenced operations yesterday and will run twice a week, according to Pioneer Aerodrome Services Company, which operates the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. Dong Hai Airlines directly connects Myanmar’s capital to its second international destination. A number of […]

First Tourists Arrive on New Free-Visa System, 21 Western Countries to be Added

As an initial phase of implementing its new tourism strategy, the tourism ministry launched a free-visa system for tourists from Japan, South Korean and China’s Hong Kong and Macau on Monday. The move is likely to be followed in the coming years by the lifting of visa requirements for citizens of another 21 countries—especially western […]

Arrival and departure cards cancelled

Visitors will no longer need to fill in the Arrival and Departure cards at the Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. The measure will start September 12, according to the statement made by the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population. The cancellation is an effort to promote tourism and draw more foreigners to […]

Govt expects more Japanese visitors after visa exemptions

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects to attract over 200,000 Japanese visitors to Myanmar following the government’s decision to provide visa exemptions to Japanese tourists, Minister U Ohn Maung said on Saturday. Also, the ministry appointed Japanese actor Morisaku Win as the country’s “tourism promotion brand ambassador” on Saturday in a bid to attract […]

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 […]