Region top choice for US, UK visitors

The Nation/ANN - MORE American and British travellers are coming to Southeast Asia, with Thailand a key draw, a study by shows.

The study found that culture and “once in a lifetime” and “you only live once” experiences are key drivers for British travellers, while visits to friends and family are the main pull for Americans.

Foreign tourists flock to Tachileik border

More than 4,000 foreign tourists entered

Qatar Airways adds features including double bed

Qatar Airways has announced new features, including an improved business class as well as other attractions.

Qsuite is the industry’s first double bed and comes with TVs and panels that are adjustable. Family, friends or colleagues on the same flight will be able to gather together in a private space of their own.

The Qsuite will be retrofitted into existing aircraft owned by the Doha-based airline with Middle Eastern flights to London, Paris and New York being the first of many to enjoy the latest feature.

Buddhist art makes its mark


Tourists pack Boracay but leave island dirty

ILOILO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Boracay Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world, was reduced to a “large garbage dump” when unruly tourists who went there to party and explore, did not dispose of their trash properly.

About 60,000 tourists descended on Boracay Island last week amid a long weekend holiday timed with the Labor Day break, dubbed “Laboracay.”

Govt plans to transform Yay Myat Gyi Lake into resort

Sagaing: The regional government is planning to transform Yay Myat Gyi Lake into a resort, said MP Khin Maung Thein of Sagaing Constituency on April 24.

Adventures Overland convoy arrives


Mandalay Palace hosts first novice ceremony in a decade

A Buddhist noviciate ceremony, using an elephant, seven horses and cows, was held in the Mandalay Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace for the first time in a decade on April 19. 
Many visitors attended the ceremony. 
One said: “I have never seen an elephant, horses and cows in the palace. This is the first time. It is great to see such a ceremony.”

Eye of Shin Tauk Htein Pagoda in Dawei sparkles

The right eye of the Shin Tauk Htein Pagoda, which is one of the historic Shin Koe Shin (nine pagodas) located in Dawei, sparkled on April 3 at noon. 
Pagoda trustee Ohn Maung said: “A girl who paid homage on April 3 at 11:50 am yelled that the pagoda image was fluttering its eyelash. Then, we (the pagoda trustees) looked at the pagoda, and we saw a glittering light in the right eye of the pagoda. 

Yunnan to clean up tourism industry


Yunnan province will introduce 22 measures to clean up the local tourism industry, the provincial tourism 

administrative authority said on Monday.

The measures, which will come into effect on April 15, include forbidding forced shopping and overly cheap tours, punishing fraud targeted at tourists, and strengthening regulation of tour guides via an online information and evaluation system.

Yu Fan, director of the Yunnan Tourism Development Commission, said the measures aim to eradicate the deep-rooted problems within the tourism industry.