Tourism

Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore most attractive to Myanmar visitors

Out of 14 visa-free Asean countries, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore have been the most attractive to Myanmar and the number of visitors is on the increase, according to Myanmar Tourism Federation.

More Myanmar people go to 14 Asean countries including Brunei and Cambodia that allow visa exemption. Among them, Thailand is on the top list, followed by Vietnam and Singapore.

Feasibility study conducted to turn Nyaung-U airport into green one

A feasibility study has been conducted in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to upgrade Nyaung-U Airport near Bagan ancient cultural region into a green airport, said Win Khant, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The plan was initiated by the ministry and JICA as Myanmar tries to enlist Bagan region as UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site. The feasibility study was financed by JICA.

Ancient Bagan region sees over 200,000 visitors in four months

More than 200,000 local and foreign visitors entered ancient Bagan region in four months this year, accor

Kawthaung islands attracts more foreign visitors

Islands in Kawthaung such as Kyat Mauk Island, 115 miles island and Nyaung Oo Phee island famous for diving and adventure trips attract more and more foreign visitors each year.
Last year, over 300,000 international tourists visited Myeik archipelago and brought in Ks.63.3 million according to assistant director of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (Kawthaung).

Hotel occupancy rate along Ngapali beach declines by 11 percent

Although there have been more than 900 hotel rooms along the Ngapali Beach in Thandwe, Rakhine State, decreased number of visitors made the average occupancy rate decline by 11 percent in 2017 c

Hotels, guest houses mushroom nationwide

Up until March this year, there had been 1,628 hotels and guest houses with 65,470 rooms across Myanmar, according to Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.

Tourist arrival to CBT villages in southern Shan State on the rise

Arrivals of international tourists in community based tourism villages of Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships in southern Shan State are on the increase, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships received winner awards at a tourism fair held in Berlin, Germany. Now, more foreign tourists are coming to Pao ethnic villages in these townships where community based tourism project is being implemented.

Yangon launches open top bus service targeting foreign tourists

Myanmar's first Mingalar open-top bus service has been launched as a trial run in Yangon.

For the time being, the bus will be running mainly for foreign tourists. Mingalar Bus Company started running pen-top buses, which have gained popularity in global cities including London, in Yangon on March 18. Buses run at 7 am and 5 pm separately daily and the trial run period will last until the end of this month.

Although open-top buses mainly target foreign tourists during peak season, local passengers can also enjoy a ride.

Mandalay Int'l Airport received over 1 million passengers last year

More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation.

In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines and FMI Air conducted regular flights to Mandalay International Airport.

Sagaing park's security to be tightened

 

The security of a park in Sagaing Region will be bulked up in the coming travel season, sources say.

The Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Yinmabin District is crowded with pilgrims from all corners of the country during the peak season in March.

“Now five police officers take security of the park. There are just too many people during the travel season,” said Aye Min Oo, secretary of the park’s pagoda trust.

The park has reportedly been wired with CCTV cameras.