Myanmar Bans Beach Tours Amid COVID-19

Yangon – The Ayeyarwady regional government has banned tour groups from visiting popular beaches at Chaungtha and Ngwesaung and Gawyingyi Island after Myanmar reported two COVID-19 cases. The decision was made after an urgent proposal by parliamentarian U Khin Win to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All tours to beaches like Shwe Thaung Yan […]

New Inbound Flights Raise Prospects for Myanmar Tourism

Tourism players are hopeful that a string of new flights will boost inbound tourism to Myanmar. In recent months, a number of airlines have started operating new routes connecting China with Myanmar, with other international airlines announcing imminent flights. Chinese destinations include new routes to Hangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan. Last month, Indian LCC IndiGo Airlines […]

Dawei Poised to Become Major Tourist Destination in Myanmar

Dawei is poised to become the next magnet for foreign tourists in the country once the highway passing through Thailand’s Htee Khee border crossing is completed, U Thawdar Nyunt, managing director of Elegant Myanmar Travel and Tours told The Myanmar Times. U Thawdar Nyunt said as many as a million tourists from Thailand could visit Dawei to […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Kayah may Open Me-Se Border Crossing to promote tourism

The border crossing between Me-se in Kayah State and Khum Yuam in Mae Hong Son in Thailand is expected to open before Kayah State Day next month, U Lin Zaw Htut, deputy director of Hotels and Tourism in Loikaw township, said on Monday. Ambassadors of both countries inspected the border in October and are waiting for […]

Myanmar tour operators Advocate Community Interests

Communities must be kept at the heart of community-based tourism (CBT) projects if they are to thrive, said tour operators, as Myanmar announces three initiatives slated to open next year. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism revealed that it will work with communities in Ma Kyone Galet Salone, a sea gypsy village in Kawthaung, Don […]

Ministry Declines ADB Infrastructure Loans

​​ As lawmakers last week questioned the government’s reliance on foreign loans, the tourism ministry decided to decline US$45 million offered by the Asian Development Bank. The loans and the ministry’s goals were at cross purposes, according to U Yee Mon, who serves as permanent secretary of hotels at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The […]

Government continues to push capital as a tourism destination for event holders

The government has again announced a series of initiatives to help draw tourists to Nay Pyi Taw, including stepping up its efforts to lure foreign travellers looking for a destination to hold events and conferences. Speaking at a press conference in the capital on September 28, on the eve of World Tourism Day, U Tint […]

Airport upgrades in Myanmar’s lesser-known hotspots means more international flights and tourists

A number of airports popular with tourists will begin accepting direct international flights after their upgrades are complete over the next decade, the Department of Civil Aviation deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. Heho Airport in Shan State, Nyaung-U in Mandalay Region, Thandwe in Rakhine State, and Dawei in Tanintharyi Region are examples […]

IFC looks at financing burgeoning tower sector

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) intends to invest in Myanmar’s mobile tower industry, keen on the economic and financial benefits the sector will bring to the country, according to IFC resident representative Vikram Kumar. While improved mobile connectivity will generate additional business activity, there are also direct advantages for Myanmar firms. “There’s a huge spill-over […]