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Myanmar to host CLMV Conference PDF Print E-mail

The government is preparing to hold CLMV Conference under the title of ‘Four Countries One Destination’ aiming to promote the tourism among four sub-Mekong countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Myanmar tourism authority will host the conference from July 30 to August 1 at Melia Hotel in Yangon.

During the conference, the representatives from the countries will find ways to promote tourism sectors of CLMV countries as a single destination, exchange cultures, arts and traditional foods, expand the tourism market and extend the cooperation between the countries.

Additionally, the tourism authorities from the countries will discuss the cooperation on tourism development and banking system.

Ref: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

Thai Lion Air will fly between Yangon and Bangkok PDF Print E-mail

Thailand’s low cost airline Thai Lion Air will start its operation in Myanmar by flying two times a day between Yangon and Bangkok in coming July.

Local newspaper Daily Eleven reported that the airline will start its operation on July 22 with two return trips between Yangon International Airport and its hub, Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.

Celebrating the launch on its flight in Myanmar, the airline offers special ticket prices starting from $61 for a round-trip in the promotion period and allows 30 kg free checked baggage to the passengers.

Thai Lion Air was established in 2013 operating with Thai partners as an associate company of Lion Air based in Indonesia.

New Yangon airport terminal opens PDF Print E-mail


The first phase of a new airport terminal in Yangon that will be capable of handling up to 20 million passengers a year when it is fully ready, was opened last week, according to the Myanmar Times.

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), an Asia World subsidiary, built the airport terminal in less than two years.

Myanmar Airways International, the recently re branded national carrier, will be the first to move into the new terminal, officials said, with the airline’s maiden departure scheduled for March 20.

Yangon’s existing international terminal, which is also managed by Asia World Group, will be re branded as Terminal 2. Work on a new domestic terminal has already begun and plans are being drawn up for an “airport city” comprising a cultural center, hotels, commercial and retail space.

Asia World was awarded a contract to build the US$660 million project in 2013 and as YACL, signed a concession agreement with the Department of Civil Aviation in 2015.

Around 88pc of flights into Myanmar land in Yangon. The airport has seen passenger numbers rise from 1.99 million in 2010 to 4.68 million in 2015, according to literature distributed by YACL.

Weekly international flights from Yangon increased 3.88 times between 2010 and 2015. Twenty-eight international airlines now fly into Yangon and several more have confirmed new routes – Emirates Airlines, for example, will begin daily flights to Dubai in August and Hong Kong Express will launch flights later this year.

YACL targets 8 million international arrivals through the airport in three years, according to the report.

Ref: The Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s hidden gem PDF Print E-mail

kayah-01Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) will present Kayah State as the latest tourist desitnation of the country on 9 March 2015 as a joint effort with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The presentation which will include new cultural tourism tours and experiences will take place on during the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) 2016, taking place in Berlin. The media and other participants are invited to join any of these events and meet with representatives from ITC and Kayah State.

Recent political changes in the country have led to a surge interest from visitors who want to discover Myanmar’s many hidden gems.

MTM believes that Kayah State, situated in the country’s east, is one of South-East Asia´s last frontiers for inspiring, authentic travel. With pristine nature, ethnic diversity and a location close to Inle Lake and the Thai border, Kayah holds great potential for cultural tourism in the small local villages and offers a privileged insight into traditional ways of life.

As part of the ‘Myanmar Inclusive Tourism Focusing on Kayah State’ project, launched in 2014 and funded by the Netherlands Trust Fund, ITC has worked with the Government of Myanmar to develop suitable cultural and ecotourism products, preparing local communities for the arrival of international visitors.

More than 5 million people visited Myanmar in 2015.

MNA to start flying to Bangkok PDF Print E-mail

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) sets to begin its flights between Yangon and Bangkok starting from February 20 marking Thailand as its third international destination.

State-owned-airline has been operating international flights to Singapore and Hong Kong since it re-branded itself from Myanma Airways to MNA in December, 2014.

It will operate daily flight between Yangon and Bangkok by leaving 5:45 pm from Yangon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. On Tuesday and Thursday, it will leave Yangon on 5:55 pm and 6:15 pm on Saturday.

MNA is promoting its flights to the new destination with US$ 139 for round trip.

It will receive a new Boeing aircraft in this month and is planning to expand its international flights to Chiang Mai and Taipei.

Ref: The Mirror

Myanmar to expand hotel zones in Kachin and Shan

Myanmar Hotelier Association plans to expand its hotel zones in Kachin State and Northern Shan State aiming to develop hotels and tourism sector in Myanmar.

Mr Yan Win, the chairman of the association, said setting hotel zones in these areas can create better communication among the mushrooming new hotels.

“Representatives from our association are there making some negotiations to set hotel zones,” he said adding that there are 19 hotel zones in Myanmar at the moment and the association is preparing to expand more hotels zone in other states.

According to the data from ministry of hotels and tourism, the number of hotels in Myanmar is 1,279 in 2015 and it is increased from 1,106 in 2014.

Ref: 7 Day Daily

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