Popa Mountain ‘will gain Unesco Geopark status’

Popa Mountain range and its surrounding natural environment will receive Unesco Global Geopark status before the end of the current administration’s rule.
Geologist Than Htun, chair of the committee specifically dedicated to accomplishing this goal, said that the process began in December 2016 with a combined effort from multiple ministries and departments, including the Hotel and Tourism Ministry and the Forestry Department.

Number of outbound tour licences reaches 429

Some 429 outbound tour licences have been issued issued by the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism as of late October, according to the department’s director, Myo Win Nyunt.
In 2013, the department laid down rules and regulations for outbound tours after a discussion with Myanmar Tourism Federation and tourism entrepreneurs. 
The Union government last December assigned responsibility for issuing the licenses to the Directorate.
Under Section 23 of the Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Law, companies are unable to provide services without licenses.

CBT project on Gaw Yin Gyi Island under way

A community-based tourism project will be implemented on Gaw Yin Gyi Island in Ngayokekaung in Ngaputaw Township in Irrawaddy Region, according to Irrawaddy Region Hotels and Tourism Department.
Locals have submitted a proposal for project implementation to the Department of Hotels and Tourism. They drafted the proposal in cooperation with Another Development.
Zaw Lin Tun, the deputy director of the Department of Hotels and Tourism said the project research paper would be sent to the Union Ministry after the regional government approves it.

Nok Air launches new flights between Mae Sot and Yangon

New flights to link Mae Sot and Yangon

The Nation/ANN - Nok Air is launching a new international direct flight between Mae Sot and Yangon, starting from 29 October. The airline began accepting reservations on the route from 19 September.

From October to December, this year, Nok Air will operate three return flights per week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

From January to February, next year, the frequency will be increased to four return flights per week, with an extra flight on Thursday.

22-per-cent increase in tourist arrivals reported in eight months

From January to August, the country received 2.27 million tourist arrivals, a 22 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, said Vice-President Henry Van Thio, at a ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day held in MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

According to the World Tourism Federation, the number of international tourists exceeded 1.2 billion last year. That number is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

Bagan tourism reaches record low in September

The number of foreign tourists who visited Bagan in September reached a record low compared to previous years, according to local tour operators.

“Currently, there are only a few foreign visitors. September is usually a month when few visitors come. But this year, it’s a record low compared with previous years. But it’s a relief that many local tourists still came,” said Zaw Win Cho, a veteran tour guide in Bagan.

Mon State govt urged to clean Kabyawa Beach

Residents of Yay Township in Mon State say the state government should pay more attention to the cleanliness and beauty of Kabyawa Beach, located in Khawzar town.

“More and more people are coming to visit this place, but the beach lacks systematic arrangements for handling the situation. For example, allowing souvenir shops to open has not been systematic. In the open season, there will be more people here. The Mon State government should pay more attention,” said the secretary of a Yay Township volunteer group.

Cambodia's Hun Sen greets Prayut with a hug


Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a warm welcome to his visiting Thai counterpart, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Thursday.

Prayut led an entourage to visit Phnom Penh in a one-day visit to hold the third Cambodia-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat.

Prayut planned to emphasise strengthening cooperation in border development, labour, trade and investment, connectivity, and regional and international frameworks.

Bagan lively with festivals amid monsoon

Bagan in Mandalay Region is filled with festivities in the middle of the 

Visitors flock to Ayeyawady elephant camps

Four elephant camps in Ayeyawady Region have attracted more local and foreign visitors this year than in previous years, according to local officials.
The elephant camps are located in Ngwesaung, Chaungtha, Katoeaing and Moemakha. Admission costs Ks 2,000 for local visitors and US$5 for foreigners. There are additional charges for riding elephants.
Despite the recent increase in interest, officials say the camps are still relatively unknown, and the numbers of visitors are small as compared the numbers of people who visit Ngwesaung and Chaungthar beaches.