E-visa drives out visas on arrival

The number of foreigners using visas on arrival has been declining after the introduction of e-visa system, according to the Immigration Department.

The e-visa system was launched on September 1, 2014 for 41 countries, most of which are in Asia. On October 2, 24 more countries were included in the programme, including several European countries.

Resorts, hotels to be built at Rakhine State beaches

The Rakhine State government has laid plans to build resorts and hotels at beaches in the Rakhine State, including on Manaung Island, according to Rakhine State chief minister Maung Maung Ohn.

Preserving the world’s oldest teak bridge

The famous U Bein Bridge is certainly one of the most photographed iconic sites near the northern city of Mandalay, but not many visitors are aware that the bridge is actually showing the ravages of time despite its sturdy teakwood architecture. 

4.5 million tourists expected in 2015

According to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 4.5 million tourists and US$2 billion in revenueare expected to enter the country in 2015.

Receiving Permanent Residence application to be stopped temporarily

The Immigration and Man Power Ministry will temporarily stop receiving applications for Permanent Residence (PR) on February 13 although the ministry started receiving applications on January 29.

“We started receiving self-submitted applications for PR on January 29. However, in order for a smooth processing, the department of PR (Yangon) will temporarily stop receiving applications starting from February 13. We will announce when the applications can be submitted again later,” said an official from the Immigration Ministry.

Bagan security must be tightened, says tourism boss

Bagan, Myanmar’s major tourist destination, expected to welcome more than 300,000 visitors this fiscal year, said Hnoun Hnoun Han, the general secretary of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, adding that security at the site needed to be stepped up.

The visitor numbers to Bagan and Nyaung-U have been rising since 2012, figures show.

MS The World cruise visits Makyonegalet Island Village

Tourists on MS The World cruise ship, who had been visiting to Mergui Archipelago since January 12, reportedly visited Makyonegalet Island Village, the home of Salone Tribes, on January 13 and donated some items. The villagers performed traditional Salone Nat Pwe for the visitors in return, according to the Hotels and Tourism Development Department, Kawthaung District.

30,000 tourists use E-Visa within four months of launch

Within four months of the launch of the E-Visa system, more than 30,000 foreign travellers entered Myanmar, most of them from the US, followed by Britain and Japan.

The E-Visa system, which allows tourists to secure temporary visas online, was launched on September 1, 2014, for 41 countries, most of which were in Asia. On October 2, 27 more countries were included in the program, including several European countries.

Record number of tourists visit Kyite Htee Yoe Cultural Zone in 2014

In 2014, a record number of tourists visited Kyite Htee Yoe Cultural Zone, the site of Golden Rock, according to the data from the Mon State Development Group, which collects entrance fees for the tourist attraction.

In November 2014, 14,876 tourists visited Kyite Htee Yoe Cultural Zone and paid an all-time high of US$89,256 in entrance fees. In December, 14,425 tourists visited and paid $86,550 in entrance fees, according to Tin Win Kyaw, an officer in Kyite Htee Yoe Mountain’s entrance fee collecting office for foreigners.

Ocean tourism generates record foreign revenues

KAWTHOUNG – Ocean tourism in the Myeik Archipelago in Kawthoung District, Taninthayi Region, generated more than US$85,000 in December – a record high – according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Kawthoung District.