DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service to the Cambodian capital.
The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.
On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of Dubai. Read more
YANGON, 22 February 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reports there are now 400 registered outbound tour operators in the country.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the ministry has been approving outbound tour licenses to operators since its initiation in late 2015.
Travel agents are still a popular booking channel for Myanmar residents, although direct bookings through the internet are steadily increasing. Read more
YANGON, 20 February 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently signed a MoU to promote tourism between the two countries under the tagline Two countries – One Destination, but will it resolve major paint points?
They claim it will have positive impact on the tourism industries in both Thailand and Myanmar, but neither organisation is in a position to introduce measures to streamline travel and remove the pain points plaguing overland travel. That is in the hands of ministries and they are ignoring even the most obvious obstacles that hinder tourism growth.
Thailand and Myanmar share a 1,800 km border, but there are only three official overland border posts (Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kaw Thaung) where tourists can enter and exit Myanmar if they are using the popular e-visa. Read more
RAKHINE STATE, 20 February 2017: The Rakhine State government, in Myanmar, has invited private developers to accelerate construction of an airport at the ancient city of Mrauk U in northern region of the state.
Irrawaddy media quoted the regional transport minister, U Aung Kyaw Zan, saying the state government has called on private investors to bid for a build-operate-transfer contract that would speed up completion of an airport, now years behind schedule.
“We are calling on international and local companies to invest and to continue the project…it is estimated the finished project would cost 26 billion kyats (USD18.9 million).” Read more
RAKHINE STATE, 16 February 2017: Myanmar’s Rakhine state government has issued a proposal to the union government to open seven new beach resorts in Gwa Township and two in Thandwe Township.
Irrawaddy News quoted the regional minister for finance, revenue and economics, U Kyaw Aye Thein, saying the seven locations in Gwa township have potential to become attractive beach resorts that would appeal to international visitors.
“The state government is awaiting approval from the union government to identify and approve hotel zones on the Gwa coastline.” Read more
KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 3 February 2017: Keng Tung could be a million miles away. It’s not. In fact’ it’s relatively close to my hometown province of Chiang Rai; 163 km beyond the province’s border with neighbouring Myanmar on a twisting road through hilly terrain.
Once you cross the Mae Sai –Tachilek border checkpoint, 68 km north of Chiang Rai town, it’s just a four-hour bus drive to Keng Tung.
But it feels a long way perhaps because it takes all day to get there and Keng Tung is an understatement as far as tourism goes when you arrive. Read more
BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts famous brand has arrived in one of Southeast Asia’s most enchanting tourist destinations: Inle Lake, in Myanmar’s Shan State.
The new Best Western Thousand Island Hotel stands on the riverfront of Nyaung Shwe, the city north of the lake that acts as the main trade and transportation gateway to Inle.
From this prime location, guests can access Nyaung Shwe, which is home to markets, restaurants and tea houses, or take a boat for a trip on the lake. Read more
YANGON, 26 January 2017: Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-based airline, will launch flights between Kathmandu and Yangon in Myanmar, 24 February.
The airline will operate two flights weekly on the route on Monday and Friday using an Airbus 320.
Kathmandu Post confirmed that Nepal had signed an air service agreement with Myanmar in April 2006. Previously, Union of Burma Airways offered flights between Yangon and Kathmandu. Read more
YANGON, 26 January 2017: Wyndham’s TRYP brand has arrived in Southeast Asia with the opening of a new- hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.
The 60-room TRYP Yangon is Wyndham’s inaugural hotel in Myanmar.
TRYP by Wyndham targets urban travellers with hotels located in the heart of cities offering them a lifestyle experience. Read more
YANGON, 24 January 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust recognised, the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also know as Scott Market, on Bogyoke Aung San Street as the latest historic landmark to receive a Blue Plaque.
The award was presented last Friday.
YHT awards Blue Plaques to distinguish Yangon’s top architectural landmarks. Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed on public places to commemorate a link between locations and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as historical markers. Read more