Blaze ends Kandawgyi Palace era

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 20 October 2017: A fire broke out at Yangon’s iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, 0300 Wednesday, turning the predominantly wooden structure into a smouldering ruin.

One of the first five-star hotels to open in Yangon on the banks of a picturesque lake, the fire gutted the entire hotel by the time it was extinguished at around 0700.

One person died and there were reports of some injuries to staff, fire fighters and guests who were staying at hotel. Read more

Scoot hands flights to Silk

October 10, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 10 October 2017:  Silk Air will take over five weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, currently operated by the SIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot, effective, 29 October.

SilkAir already operates 10 nonstop flights a week to Yangon and three services a week via Mandalay in Myanmar.

With the transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services, Silk Air will boost its Yangon operations to 15 nonstop services a week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon. Read more

Strand Yangon completes remake

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 8 September 2017: Yangon’s historic Strand Yangon is now in the final stages of a major renovation that has taken 18 months and will be completed by this November.

The 18-month project should ensure the iconic hotel, located  close the city’s riverfront, can regain its place as one of Southeast Asia’s leading hotels and establish itself as Myanmar’s first luxury urban resort.

In November, the 31-room hotel will open a new outdoor swimming pool, dining terrace, therapy rooms, gym and private garden. Read more

Vietjet adds second Yangon route

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 29 August 2017:  Vietjet will launch a new international route, 31 August, linking Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city,  with Yangon in Myanmar.

The flight will depart daily from Hanoi at 1205 (local time) and arrive in Yangon at 1305.

The return leg will depart at 1430 and arrive in Hanoi at 1655. Read more

Lotte opens in Yangon

August 28, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 28 August 2017: Lotte Yangon opens officially, 1 September, at a prime site next to Inya Lake managed by the hotel division of South Korean retail giant Lotte Group.

The hotel’s developer, Lotte Hotel & Resorts, sees the opening of its eighth foreign hotel in Myanmar as part of a wider plan to establish a foothold in ASEAN’s lucrative hotel markets.

Lotte Hotel & Resorts is part of the South Korean retail giant, Lotte Group, which is the fifth-largest conglomerate with sprawling businesses in food, retail and construction. 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

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

Yangon plans more Blue Plaques

March 9, 2017 by  
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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

Appointment: Chatrium Royal Lake

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under News, People, Trade Talk

YANGON, 9 November 2016: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon has appointed Patcharee Meethong as the hotel’s new director of sales and marketing.

Patcharee is a 20-year hospitality veteran who has worked with various international hotels in Thailand including Shangri-La, Sheraton and Anantara.

Her position prior to joining Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon was corporate director of sales (travel trade) for Bangkok-based parent company Chatrium Hotels & Residences. Read more

Myanmar marks a landmark

September 22, 2015 by  
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YANGON, 22 September 2015: Yangon Heritage Trust gives a blue plaque for Lokanat Building in Yangon to distinguish it as one of the city’s top architectural landmarks.

Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed at a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or landmark/ They serve as a kind of historical marker.

The government official media outlet, Global New Light of Myanmar, quoted the Yangon Heritage Trust, explaining the Lokanat Building was an example of diverse a living environment in Yangon’s downtown and one of the top attractions for tourists taking walking tours.

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