Work starts on circular train upgrade

Work to upgrade Yangon's circular rail line started on December 15, according to the Ministry of Rail Transport.

To promote rail use, the project, partly  funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is due to raise speeds to 40 mph.

“JICA will provide technology know-how and investment,” said Kyaw Soe Lwin, the manager of Myanmar Railways.

Bagan entry to be charged in kyat

The entry fee into Bagan heritage site will be collected in kyat from January 1, according to the Ministry of Culture.

The fee will be Ks25,000, equivalent to the current US$20.

The Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank reportedly complains about the stained and torn dollar bills that are handed over and only accepts them on a monthly basis, reducing state revenue.

The move is also an attempt to reduce dollarisation with travel agencies and tour guides being informed.

Bagan Region Tourism Development Project to include 16 tasks

Up to 16 initial projects will be implemented under the Bagan Region Tourism Development Project, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan Sub-office).

A team of experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been hired to improve the tourism system in Bagan and to implement infrastructure development and human resources development over three years beginning in November 2014.

Bagan expects more visitors

Bagan, the country’s major tourist destination, expects to receive more international visitors than in previous years, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The ministry’s statistics show 250,000 tourists visited the region last year.

The visitors between this January and September reached 200,000 and the year’s total was expected to hit 300,000.

Bagan to charge entrance fee in kyat


4.5m tourists expected this year

Tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 4.5 million this year despite recent disasters, Vice-President Nyan Tun said in his opening address at the World Tourism Day event held at the MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Last year, 3.08 million tourists arrived, generating US$1.5 billion or 30 per cent of the service-sector income. Travel and tourism was the world's fourth largest industry after oil, chemical products and food, he said.

Mingun entrance fee to increase for foreigners

MANDALAY—The entrance fee for foreign visitors to the Mingun area in Sagaing Region will increase from Ks 3,000 to Ks 5,000 on October 1.

 “The Archeology Research Department currently collects an entrance fee of Ks 3000 from each foreign visitor. The department hands over the fees to the Sagaing Region Government Committee.  Under the new programme to begin on October 1, the staff of a tender-winning company chosen by the Region Government Committee will collect the entrance fee,” said a security officer in the Mingun area.

Tourist arrivals hit 3 million

Three million tourists arrived in Myanmar by the end of August, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism told the Myanmar Global Investment Forum in Nay Pyi Taw.

“We’re expecting to see up to 5 million tourists by the end of the year,” said Khin Than Win, the ministry’s director.

Around 792,000 tourists entered Myanmar in 2010, 816,000 in 2011, 1 million in 2012, 2 million in 2013 and 3 million last year.

International tourists allowed to visit the Myeik archipelago for a day trip

MYEIK- International tourists have been allowed to visit the archipelagos in Myeik Township, Tanintharyi Region, as a day trip, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

In the past, there were restrictions on the visit of Myeik’s archipelago. As for international tourists, they have no chance to visit those islands in Myeik Township.

Luxembourg to invest in tourism

YANGON – The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is working with Luxembourg to invest US$5.7 million in the development of human resources within the tourism industry.

A delegation from Luxembourg has conducted field trips in Bagan, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw to develop human resource training in the private sector and at universities.

The ministry said there were more than 800,000 jobs in the tourist sector with the potential to reach about 3 million.