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.

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.