Tourism

Taungthaman and U Pain Bridge get a tourism boost

MANDALAY

More than 1,000 tourists per day are already visiting Taungthaman Lake and U Pain Bridge, which are tourist destinations in the Mandalay Region, according to the Taungthaman Boat Association.

Since the beginning of October, tourist arrivals rose rapidly to between 1,000 and 1,200 per day at Taungthaman Lake and U Pain Bridge.

Chinese visits to Shan rise

More than 150,000 Chinese citizens visited Laukkai, Chinshwehaw and Kokang in Shan State by the end of October this year, said Aung Thet Tun, deputy director for northern Shan State from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The number was expected to rise next year, he said.

Around 61,700 Chinese citizens visited Laukkai, 25,000 Chinshwehaw and 71,700 Kokang, according to the government.

In 2015, around 97,000 Chinese citizens visited the three areas with 31,000 heading to Laukkai, 25,000 to Chinshwehaw and 41,100 to Kokang.

Asean to gobble up 10% of globe’s tourism investment dollars: study

ONE in 10 of all tourism investment dollars is forecast to go into Asean countries over the next decade, according to new research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The council said investment spending would be dominated (95 per cent) by five major destinations – Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia – which together accounted for over 80 per cent of Asean’s international arrivals and tourism contribution to gross domestic product.

Tourism ministry warns Bagan tourists

A recent statement released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism sets multiple guidelines for tourist visiting Bagan, Myanmar’s well-known cultural heritage site and tourism hotspot.

The statement instructs tourists not to enter any closed-off buildings, not to approach damaged structures, not to pick up any pieces of the buildings from the ground, not to touch murals and not to get in the way of archeologists and renovation professionals.

7.5m tourists expected by 2019

Tint Thwin, the director general of the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, claims the country will attract investment in major destinations and expects 7.5 million tourists by 2019. 

The Hospitality and Tourism Conference in Yangon was jointly held by the Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Singapore-based Sphere Conferences to boost visitor numbers.

The attendees pointed out the beautiful Myeik Archipelago was inaccessible because its poor infrastructure was holding back tourists. 

Tourism body pledges to expel shoddy operators

Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association has announced that it would terminate the membership of companies that broke the law and report them to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Poor practice tarnished the whole industry the association said, with Tourbox Travels and Tours currently in the spotlight. The firm has been told to contact the association by July 27. 

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