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.

Numbers of visitors exceeds 3 million

More than three million tourists visited Myanmar in 2014, which is more than the number predicted by the Hotel and Tourism Ministry.

The ministry expected at least three million tourists to visit in 2014. 

“It is slightly more than the estimated number. But we are working to confirm the exact number,” a spokesperson from the ministry said.

Myanmar’s revenue from tourism is expected to have reached US$1 billion in 2014.

Of the more than 3 million visitors, 70 per cent were from Asia, and the rest were from the West, Africa and Middle East.

Inle Night Market to be upgraded to attract foreigners

A vendor seen in the Inle Night Market (Photo/EMG)

YANGON–With the aim of attracting tourists and promoting Myanmar’s tourism industry, Inle Night Market situated in Northern Shan State, will be upgraded in early January 2015, according to the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association.“We have a plan to upgrade the night market in early January. However, we will first discuss it with locals and authorities.