Myanmar lake named biosphere reserve

August 2, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 2 August 2017: Myanmar’s efforts to gain UNESCO recognition for natural and heritage sites sees the country’s largest freshwater lake designated a “Biosphere Reserve”.

It joins Inle Lake, in Shan State, which gained the same status from UNESCO in 2015.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing said the latest recognition would encourage efforts to gain World Heritage status for a number of sites around the country. Read more

Myanmar emphasis on ecotourism

July 31, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 31 July 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will focus on ecotourism in an attempt to increase visitors to the country.

Ecotourism and community-based tourism are now strong marketing trends used to attract tourists and Myanmar has already considerable experience in homestay and community-linked tourism.

Myanmar currently has 21 ecotourism sites, which include 16 existing sites and a handful of underdeveloped ones, as well as 13 community-based tourism projects in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magwe, and Yangon regions and Shan, Karenni and Kachin states. Read more

Floods sink Myanmar pagoda

July 25, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 25 July 2017: Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead.

Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside pagoda sinking into the flood waters in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves.

Monk Pyinnya Linkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday last week. Read more

Tourism law in parliament

July 19, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 19 July 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation says the country’s new tourism draft law has already been submitted to parliament and it is expected to be enacted this year.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the new law was initially drafted in 2015 to raise the quality of tourism services.

It identifies the rights and responsibilities of tourism professionals and also protects tourists. Read more

Myanmar airlines face fare challenges

July 18, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 18 July 2017: Myanmar’s airlines are finding it more difficult to compete and grow traffic due to heightened competition from foreign airlines, according to the Myanmar Travel Association.

The country has 10 airlines with a fleet of around 58 planes serving both domestic and international routes.

One of the major problems facing local airlines is the high cost of fuel and taxes. Fares are subsidised for citizens with foreigners paying more than double. Read more

Pagoda wants UNESCO recognition

July 12, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 12 July 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture will  propose that Shwedagon Pagoda apply for UNESCO World Heritage status for a listing possibly by 2020.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees, believe World Heritage status would draw more tourists to Yangon.

An estimated 300,000 tourists visited Shwedagon Pagoda during the past five months of 2017, according to official statistics from the Shwedagon Pagoda board of trustees. Read more

Green with a dash of hot deals

July 6, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 6 July 2017: In a bid to change travel consumer behaviour, Myanmar Tourism Marketing says Myanmar is raining travel deals.

The country’s tourism promoters call the rainy season “green” a colour coding that was first sprung by Thailand to overcome the same perception that the monsoon season heralds weeks of torrential rain. Now Myanmar is talking up its monsoon season.

“Previously regarded as the least attractive time to visit Myanmar, the monsoon season actually brings plenty of advantages to visit the Golden Land,” MTM states in its latest promotion. Read more

Accor expands Myanmar portfolio

July 4, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 4 July 2017: AccorHotels and LP Holding have signed a joint agreement to develop three new hotels in Myanmar; one in Yangon and two in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.

The partnership will see the opening of Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort and Pullman Yangon Centrepoint this year and Mandalay Hill Resort MGallery by Sofitel in 2020.

“We are very pleased to partner with LP Holding with the development of these three new properties in Myanmar. The three hotels are situated in strategic locations in Yangon and Mandalay, for tourists and business guests alike,” said, AccorHotels, upper southeast and northeast Asia chief operating officer Patrick Basset. Read more

Life was better on boats

July 4, 2017 by  
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MYEIK, MYANMAR, 4 July 2017: With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey coral.

He is one of the Moken, a nomadic seafaring tribe who have perfected this free-dive fishing technique over hundreds of years among the 800 islands that dot the Myeik archipelago and neighbouring southern Thailand.

Until recently the sea provided them with everything they needed: a base for boats they lived in, fish and seafood to eat and bounty such as pearls to trade with islanders for fuel and rice. Read more

Old habits die hard

June 30, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 30 June 2017: Myanmar’s civilian government on Wednesday defended the detention of three journalists who were reporting on an armed ethnic group, an incident that has fueled alarm at the erosion of press freedom.

The journalists were among seven people detained by the military, Monday, as they left a drugs-burning ceremony organised by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of several rebel groups fighting the state.

The journalists, who have been held incommunicado since then, included reporters from The Irrawaddy and DVB, which for years challenged the former junta’s iron grip on free expression with their covert reporting. Read more

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