Myanmar hotel rates ‘higher’: Vice President

Vice President Henry Van Thio says the country’s hotel rates are still higher than other countries.
He said this on January 20 during a formal meeting between the Vice President, who also serves as chairman of the Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry, and local hoteliers.
They discussed the hotel business in the country and future plans for the industry.

Elephant camp opens in Dr Brandis’s teak plantation in Pyay

An elephant camp has opened in Dr Brandis’s teak plantation on Yangon-Pyay road in Pyay Township in west Bago region. 
The teak plantation was first devised by Dr Dietrich Brandis, a German-British forester, in 1857. The plantation started with 511 teak plants and in 1960, it covered 78 acres with 3,503 teak plants.  
Tun Tun Oo, deputy general-manager of Bago region Forest Department, said: “In the past, no one was allowed to enter the camp. Now we have opened the camp in order that the people can visit the nature of plants and enjoy elephant riding.

Mount Saramati being explored for tourism potential

Mount Saramati in Sagaing Region has potential for nature tourism, according to the regional tourism development committee.

Inwa cultural zone receives more visitors

Visitor numbers at the Inwa cultural zone in Mandalay Region have increased over the same period last year.
“Last fiscal year’s ticket sales total over 70,000. Now we have sold more than 42,000 tickets and it’s only
January,” said Myint Zaw, deputy director at the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.
He said he was confident attendance would surpass the previous year’s amount by the end of the fiscal year 2017-18 in March.

New Didote waterfall elephant camp opens to public

Sagaing – The Myanmar Timber Enterprise has launched a soft opening of the Didote waterfall elephant camp located inside Didote reserve forest.
The 74-acre camp, which has been under construction since November, will officially open on January 20.
Construction of the camp, which will house six elephants, has been designed to minimise environmental damage, said Assistant General Manager Nanda Soe of the Pyin Oo Lwin district timber production enterprise.

Hotel and tourism sector attracts 115 local investments: DICA

A total of 115 local investments worth over US$686 million (934 billion kyat) were made in the hotel and tourism sector as of the end of November this year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA).
Local investors have made 774 investments worth nearly $2.5 billion in the production sector, 46 investments worth nearly $2.16 billion in the transportation sector, 67 investments worth nearly $1.2 billion in the real estate development sector and 68 investments worth over $491 million in the construction sector.

Popa Mountain ‘will gain Unesco Geopark status’

Popa Mountain range and its surrounding natural environment will receive Unesco Global Geopark status before the end of the current administration’s rule.
Geologist Than Htun, chair of the committee specifically dedicated to accomplishing this goal, said that the process began in December 2016 with a combined effort from multiple ministries and departments, including the Hotel and Tourism Ministry and the Forestry Department.

Number of outbound tour licences reaches 429

Some 429 outbound tour licences have been issued issued by the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism as of late October, according to the department’s director, Myo Win Nyunt.
In 2013, the department laid down rules and regulations for outbound tours after a discussion with Myanmar Tourism Federation and tourism entrepreneurs. 
The Union government last December assigned responsibility for issuing the licenses to the Directorate.
Under Section 23 of the Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Law, companies are unable to provide services without licenses.

CBT project on Gaw Yin Gyi Island under way

A community-based tourism project will be implemented on Gaw Yin Gyi Island in Ngayokekaung in Ngaputaw Township in Irrawaddy Region, according to Irrawaddy Region Hotels and Tourism Department.
Locals have submitted a proposal for project implementation to the Department of Hotels and Tourism. They drafted the proposal in cooperation with Another Development.
Zaw Lin Tun, the deputy director of the Department of Hotels and Tourism said the project research paper would be sent to the Union Ministry after the regional government approves it.

Nok Air launches new flights between Mae Sot and Yangon

New flights to link Mae Sot and Yangon

The Nation/ANN - Nok Air is launching a new international direct flight between Mae Sot and Yangon, starting from 29 October. The airline began accepting reservations on the route from 19 September.

From October to December, this year, Nok Air will operate three return flights per week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

From January to February, next year, the frequency will be increased to four return flights per week, with an extra flight on Thursday.