Tourism

Tourist visas to be simplified: govt

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it will reform the process for entry of blacklisted foreigners and visa overstays in a shakeup to the tourist sector. 

Ye Mon, permanent secretary at the ministry, told the Committee for Foreign Visitors: “On 4 May, the government formed the committee with officials from nine ministries to ensure the massive numbers of foreigners arriving have a smooth experience. The new government has introduced many relaxations to allow a massive boom in arrivals."

Foreign tourists visit Taunggyi to escape heat

Local and foreign tourists are coming in droves Taunggyi to escape the heat in April, local sources say.
Although the average temperature in Myanmar’s central plains is over 40 degrees centigrade in April, the average daytime temperature in Taunggyi is only 23 degrees centigrade, and while the temperature drops to 12 degrees centigrade at night.

Tourist arrivals through Myawady rise as Thingyan approaches

Tourist arrivals through the Myawady border gate have risen in the three months before Thingyan, sources say.

A total of 3,623 tourists visited Myanmar through Myawady in the last three months, while 2,417 tourists came through the border gate in the same period last year.

A total of 2,749 Thai nationals visited Myanmar this year up to the end of March, while 1,623 did so last year.

Kayinchaung Waterfall crowded with visitors

A view of the Kayinchaung Waterfall in Yedashe Township

Kayinchaung Waterfall, situated in the eastern part of Yedashe Township, Taunggo District, Bago Region, has grown crowded with visitors.“In the past, nobody lived at the waterfall. We visited Yelwe Village near the waterfall nine years ago. Later, people gradually noticed the waterfall. We built the road to go the waterfall. We warned people of the dangerous places in area of the waterfall. Visitors mainly come to the waterfall during the weekend. But it is really only very crowded during the Myanmar New Year festival,” said Than Win from Yelwe Village.

Yangon airport terminal to open

State-owned Myanmar National Airlines will start using the new arrival and departure lounge for overseas flights on Sunday, according to Yangon Aerodrome.

The airline flies to Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong in addition to domestic cities.

The reinforced concrete and steel building is 240 metres long and 98 metres high. It has five-storeys and a 100-metre sky link to the car park.

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.

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