Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to the latest C9 Hotelworks report.

According to research released in C9 Hotelworks’ Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, over 70,000 visitors visited the resort last year, which was an impressive 31% year-on-year increase. Most travellers booked domestic flights to the gateway Thandwe Airport from Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Heho and Sittwe.

Based on discussions with the local authorities, C9 Hotelworks believes Thandwe is currently in advanced discussions to add in direct international flights in the not too distant future. Read more

Take your pick: Songkran or Thingyan

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 12 April 2017: The countdown to Myanmar’s longest holiday and largest festival has begun as the mercury rises in Yangon.

Thingyan, which literally translates into “transit”, marks the beginning of the Burmese New Year and is celebrated in a four-day water festival.

The timing of the festival is calculated according to the Burmese calendar, which this year begins, 13 April and culminates with New Year’s Day 17 April. Read more

Haze haunts the North

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, Myanmar, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 29 March 2017: The annual smog, or smoke haze, is turning into a major deterrent persuading travellers to scratch North Thailand off their travel plans, according to the Economics Research and Agricultural Forecasting Centre (Maejo Poll).

Released last week, the research focused on 1,015 Thai travellers who had visited Chiang Mai during 20 February to 5 March this year.

72.88% of interviewees said they had experience severe haze, while 27.12% said they had not been aware of it when visiting Chiang Mai. Read more

Bagan map in pipeline

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan.

Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations.

“The guide map will also highlight some not-so-well-known pagodas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Bagan.” Read more

Yangon plans more Blue Plaques

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 9 March 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust will place 15 more Blue Plagues to identify more of the city’s historic landmarks this year.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted YHT’s director, Daw Moe Moe Lwin, saying 15 more commemorative Blue Plaques are currently under consideration and likely to  be presented before the end of the year.

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

Yangon plaque for historic school

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 6 March 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust recognised Yangon’s Basic Education High School (6) Botahtaung as the latest  historic landmark to receive a Blue Plaque.

Formerly known as St Paul’s High School the school building received Yangon Heritage Trust’s 17th commemorative Blue Plaque last week.

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

Emirates expands flights in ASEAN

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

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

Myanmar registers more agents

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News, Trade Talk

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

Myanmar: Dual pricing a pain point

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

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 pain 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 resuscitate dead airport

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

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

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