Tourism

Nyaung Chaungtha Beach opens

The newly developed Nyaung Chaungtha (Yan Kintha) Beach, situated in Nyaungdon Township, Ayeyawady Region, opened yesterday offering Yangon Region residents a new place to relax.

“About 500,000 people already visit the beach every year, and now that it has been developed, it will attract even more visitors and bring in over Ks 100 million per year,” said Khin Maung Nyo, secretary of the Nyaung Chaungtha Beach Supervisory Committee.

New Yangon airport terminal to open in March

According to the Ministry of Transport, Yangon International Airport’s new wing will open on March 12, and some airlines will be moved to the new terminal.

The US$660 million, three-storey building will house an arrival hall for some international flights on the first floor, while the other floors will serve as a shopping centre for travellers.

The expansion project of the Yangon International Airport, which seeks to accommodate up to 2.7 million travellers per year, was awarded to Yangon Aerodrome Services, a subsidiary of Asia World Group.

Tourist arrivals in Nay Pyi Taw Airport slump

Nay Pyi Taw Airport received local and foreign 27,390 tourists last fiscal year. This number has declined by over 10,000 in the current fiscal year.

Among domestic flights, only Myanmar National Airlines, which is state-owned, made regular flights to Nay Pyi Taw. However, charter flights under other domestic airlines still fly to Nay Pyi Taw Airport.

Kyaikhtiyo set for tourist boom: vice-president

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and its region have strong prospects for cultural and natural tourism thanks to the east-west economic corridor which aims to link Bangkok and Yangon, according to Vice-President Nyan Tun, who was visiting Kimpun camp in Kyaikto, Mon State.

U Bein Bridge welcomes 1,000 visitors daily

Tourists on Taungthaman Lake. (Photo-EMG)

 

Over 1,000 tourists visit the U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay Region daily, according to the Taungthaman Boat Association.

The number of visitors dropped for a while in December 2015 before jumping back to the current level.

“There were 300 to 400 visitors a day in December. The lake is busiest in February. The number should dwindle in April, as usual,” said Soe Win, the chairperson of the association.

Backpacking on the rise in Nyaungshwe, Inle

According to the Nyaungshwe branch of the Myanmar Tour Guide Association (MTGA), the number of individual tourists visiting Nyaungshwe and Inle Lake in Shan State has been steadily rising.

“Lately, the foreign individual tourist (FIT) market is thriving because of easier communication and access. There has been no decrease in the number of tourists here on package tours. Age differences is one of the key factors,” said Sai Win, chair of the MTGA.

Post-election tourism booms

According to industry experts, tourism is picking up speed after the elections.

Tourists from the United States of American, United Kingdom and Australian tourists are found to be increasingly frequent visitors according to Lin Myat Htun, CEO of Maing Fong Travels & Tour.

“Normally October marks the tourist open season but things slowed down since the election was held. Most foreign visitors are American, English and Australians.”

Road builders uncover historic caves

Buddha images, wall paintings and caves have been uncovered where a road is being constructed near Pyar village, Myingyan Township, Mandalay Region.

Travel agents open up remote islands

Travel agencies are planning to open up islands, including Gawringi in Ayeyawady Region, Nyaung Oo Phee in the Myeik archipelago and Thahtay in Tanintharyi Region.

Myanmar plans to attract 7.5m tourists in 2020

Myanmar is planning to attract 7.5 million tourists in 2020, according to Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.

The ministry is setting out a master plan to attract tourists with six factors: transforming policies and organisations, amending the Tourism Law, preserving natural resources and culture, expanding infrastructure, preserving tourist attractions and developing human resources.