Insufficient infrastructure restricting tourism growth

The lack of proper infrastructure in Myanmar’s domestic airports is the main difficulty in the development of air travel, according to the Patee Sarasin, CEO of Thailand-based Nok Air.

Dawei tourism expected to rise during Thingyan festival

More local tourists than in previous years are expected to visit Dawei in Tanintharyi Region to celebrate the upcoming New Year Thingyan Water Festival.

Dawei, the capital of the southeastern region, is gaining popularity over other Myanmar destinations among vacationers and pilgrims, according to tour companies.

Visitors flock to the coast for summer holidays

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beaches, located in Ayeyawady Region, for the summer holidays, and hotels are crowded with visitors who have booked in advance.

Although the number of visitors has increased in Ngwe Saung beach, room rates have remained unchanged, according to hoteliers from Ngwe Saung beach.

Plan underway to boost Inlay tourism sector

A major five-year plan (2016 to 2020) to promote tourism in Inlay, Shan State, is underway, according to Saw Du War, programme manager of the United Nations Development Programme.

As more foreign tourists are visiting Inlay Lake, the committee to develop Inlay  region was formed in cooperation with related departments.

Moreover, as the lake has been drying up steadily more efforts to conserve the lake and its ecosystem are in urgent need.

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.