Tourism

Chilling out in the highland

With summer upon us, there’s no better way to escape the horrid heat than by making a day trip to Pyin Oo Lwin, a scenic hill station and the former summer capital of British Burma. With an elevation of 1,070 metres, Pyin Oo Lwin, just 67 kilometers east of Mandalay, makes for the perfect summer getaway. I set off under the scorching sun for Pyin Oo Lwin in mid-March from Mandalay’s 35th Street, hoping for a quick, cool high-altitude downtime. 

Myanmar tourism master plan takes off

With more than five million visitors expected this year, Myanmar's tourism master plan is under way with support from the Asia Development Bank and the Norwegian government, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The master plan, which covers 2013 to 2020 and includes 38 long- and short-term projects, is projected to cost about US$486.6 million, said Htay Aung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism.

The ministry has currently received $215.6 million for 21 projects, according to Hlaing Oo, director of the ministry.

Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung beaches to see record numbers of visitors this year

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has speculated that tourism at Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beaches will see record numbers this year.

A total of 38,897 tourists, primarily from Germany, Switzerland, China, Japan and France, visited Chaungtha beach in January and February this year, while a total of 18,699 tourists, primarily from China, Germany, France, the US and the UK, visited Ngwe Saung in the same period.

Gov’t opens tender for renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace

MANDALAY – The Ministry of Culture has invited tenders for a major renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, according to the Archaeological Research and National Museum Department in Mandalay.

This is the second tender for the renovation of the palace. The first tender was opened in 2013.

In July 2013, the Ministry of Culture handed over the palace to the Mandalay Regional Government Committee in Naypyitaw with the aim of maintaining of its cultural heritage.

Ministry aims to boost Nay Pyi Taw tourism

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is planning to establish a “multi-development” tourism market in Nay Pyi Taw.

It plans to arrange tours of the Lower House of Parliament and launch a website for visitors. 

The ministry has been working with Air KBZ to run Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay flights from April. It is also planning sports events. 

Insufficient infrastructure restricting tourism growth

The lack of proper infrastructure in Myanmar’s domestic airports is the main difficulty in the development of air travel, according to the Patee Sarasin, CEO of Thailand-based Nok Air.

Dawei tourism expected to rise during Thingyan festival

More local tourists than in previous years are expected to visit Dawei in Tanintharyi Region to celebrate the upcoming New Year Thingyan Water Festival.

Dawei, the capital of the southeastern region, is gaining popularity over other Myanmar destinations among vacationers and pilgrims, according to tour companies.

Visitors flock to the coast for summer holidays

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beaches, located in Ayeyawady Region, for the summer holidays, and hotels are crowded with visitors who have booked in advance.

Although the number of visitors has increased in Ngwe Saung beach, room rates have remained unchanged, according to hoteliers from Ngwe Saung beach.

Plan underway to boost Inlay tourism sector

A major five-year plan (2016 to 2020) to promote tourism in Inlay, Shan State, is underway, according to Saw Du War, programme manager of the United Nations Development Programme.

As more foreign tourists are visiting Inlay Lake, the committee to develop Inlay  region was formed in cooperation with related departments.

Moreover, as the lake has been drying up steadily more efforts to conserve the lake and its ecosystem are in urgent need.

E-visa drives out visas on arrival

The number of foreigners using visas on arrival has been declining after the introduction of e-visa system, according to the Immigration Department.

The e-visa system was launched on September 1, 2014 for 41 countries, most of which are in Asia. On October 2, 24 more countries were included in the programme, including several European countries.

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