BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Thai AirAsia will increase flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay route to twice daily starting 17 March.
The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said direct flights to Myanmar’s second largest city are busy as more Thai people travel to the country mainly on Buddhist pilgrimage holidays.
There is also strong medical tourism traffic out of Mandalay heading to Bangkok’s top hospitals. Visa-free travel between the two countries (airline passengers only) has encouraged travel agents to organise holiday packages in both directions. Read more
KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 17 January 2017: Amazing Kengtong Resort, a landmark property built on the site of a demolished Shan royal palace in the early 1990s will undergo a major remake starting this May.
Amazing Holidays Hotels & Resorts took over the property in 2015 securing a 70-year lease from its owners, the country’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Now the group’s chairman, Aung Myo Min Din, says he will close the hotel for four months this year to launch a three-phased remake of the property, a project that will extend for three years. Read more
SIN KYUN, MYANMAR, 17 January 2017: Tears fill Maung Lay’s eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.
Loved for generations for corralling the catch into fishermen’s nets, the ‘smiling’ Irrawaddy dolphins are being killed in record numbers by rogue gangs who use car batteries to stun aquatic life.
The illegal technique now threatens to wipe out the dolphins and the tourist bonanza they promise. Read more
YANGON, 13 January 2017: To make Yangon more attractive to visitors, Myanmar’s former capital will open a new night market along its downtown 52nd Street.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the Yangon City Development Committee plans to open the night market this month.
The authorities are pushing the project claiming it is important to ensure visitors have more attractions in the evening. Read more
BAGAN, 9 January 2017: Myanmar Earthquake Committee will check that pagodas in ancient Bagan, Nyang U district, Mandalay Region can withstand future quakes.
The ancient pagodas were severely damaged during an earthquake last August.
Now the priority is to restore the damaged pagodas and ensure they are earthquake proof as far as possible. The region around Bagan is prone to earthquakes. Read more
YANGON, 6 January 2017: The first ever International Tourism Expo Myanmar 2017 will be held, 20 to 22 January, at Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall in Yangon to promote tourism products.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the event, organised by Travel Support Co Ltd under the auspices of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, aims to support the international tourism service industry and local tourism enterprises.
The event is the first-ever expo for the travel and tourism industry. It will feature 124 booths from hotels, travel agencies, airlines, insurance companies and other agencies related to tourism. Read more
MANDALAY, 4 January 2017: The 2nd Myanmar International Travel Mart will take place, 12 to 13 January, at Diamond Plaza, Mandalay.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the event will promote domestic and outbound travel opportunities.
During the two-day event, outbound tour operators, airlines, hotels, restaurants, bankers, foreign hospitals, telecommunications companies and related businesses will display their services through over 120 booths. Read more
YANGON, 30 December 2016: Myanmar’s vice president, U Henry Van Thio, has called for a show of transparency to ensure the Hanthawaddy International Airport project becomes a showcase for the country’s tourism development.
Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the vice president saying the airport, once completed will become a major gateway for international airlines.
“Therefore, it will be implemented as a national project and needs to be transparent at all levels.” Read more
BAGAN, 27 December 2016: Major restoration work on 89 quake-damaged pagodas and Buddhist temples in Bagan will start next month.
Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Bagan’s department of archaeology, national museum library director, U Aung Aung Kyaw, saying in the first phase, will focus on 36 pagodas including Bagan’s well-known Sulamani and Ananda temples.
Restoration of 53 other important monuments will take place in the second stage, he said. Read more
YANGON, 22 December 2016: New travel options are opening up in Myanmar’s Mergui archipelago led by Burma Boating that offers sailing trips and a few holiday resorts located on remote islands.
Tourism promoters in Myanmar call the Mergui archipelago one of the best kept secrets of the country’s southern coast. It is changing fast as tourists begin to explore the region.
Although it officially opened to tourism in the late 1990s, the region remained way down the list of priorities for first-time travellers who preferred to explore the country’s heritage sites. Read more