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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

New Visa regulations announced PDF Print E-mail

The immigration ministry of Myanmar announced new visa regulations which will be effective from January 11.

According to the announcement There will be 12 types of single-entry visa on offer: diplomatic; official travel; tourist; social; journalist; crew; workshop; business; employment; religious; educational; and 24-hour transit visa. Business, workshop, crew and transit visas will be available upon arrival. Three types of multiple-entry visas will be offered: special government approved re-entry; special re-entry; and 6-month stay re-entry visa.

The regulations do not indicate any major change of policy.

The ASEAN community is expected to eventually implement a single travel visa allowing residents to move freely throughout the region, but it is still unclear when such a program could take effect.

Ref: Irrawaddy

Maha Bandoola Park received blue plaque commemoration PDF Print E-mail

Nay Chi Oo Regulars, Travel Sector Update

Yangon Heritage Trust installed a commemorative blue plaque at the Maha Bandoola Park a historic public recreation area between the Maha Bandoola road and Merchant road in Kyauktada township.

The park which is adjacent to the famous Sule Pagoda and opposite of the Yangon City hall has always been a venue for cultural performances and public gathering and is also associated with political movement since the colonial times.

The site was left vacant and known as the Tank Square when the British planned the city in 1852. In 1867-68, the swampy square was levelled and laid out as a public recreation ground. It was named Fytche Square after the Chief Commis­sioner of the British Crown Colony of Burma at the time. The park was redesigned in 2012 and Yangon City Development Committee.

This is the tenth Blue Plaques that the Trust has unveiled in the city following nine other historic buildings and sites of Yangon.

The commemorative Blue Plaque is a part of Yangon Heritage Trust’s efforts to highlight historical buildings and renowned residents who contributed to the narrative of the city. Yangon Heritage Trust believes that the introduction of commemorative Blue Plaques will make Yangon’s history accessible to people of all age and backgrounds.

Myanmar-Thailand visa-free agreement confirmed PDF Print E-mail

EFFECTIVE from August 11, citizens of both Myanmar and Thailand with ordinary passports will make visa-free visit of up to 14 days, according to the official agreement signed on July 28.

The agreement was signed by U Wunna Maung Lwin, foreign minister of Myanmar and Mr Tanasak Patimapragorn, foreign minister of Thailand during the joint commission meeting held in Chiang Mai yesterday.

Thailand cabinet approved the agreement on June 21 for signing on 28 especially for booming tourism, trade and other ties between the two nations.

According to the agreement, Thai and Myanmar citizens with ordinary passports to enter and exit through international airports and stay for up to 14 days. Border crossings are not included under the agreement.

The agreement reflects concrete cooperation between two countries and the agreement will promote tourism, trade and other economic cooperation.

Myanmar has already signed visa exemption agreements with Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines and remaining immigration concern for the agreement with Singapore and Malaysia.

Credit: MTM

Bangkok Airways to start Chiang Mai based Yangon-Mandalay route PDF Print E-mail

BANGKOK Airways is planning to launch ATR 72 services from Chiang Mai to both Mandalay and Yangon in late October this year, according to Centre for Aviation
It will give Bangkok Airways five routes to Myanmar as Bangkok Airways has already become the largest foreign carrier in Myanmar, with three routes and 40 weekly frequencies.
Opportunities in the fast growing Thailand-Myanmar market are the main driver of the carrier’s decision to open a turboprop base at Chiang Mai and increase the number of turboprops in its fleet plan.

Mandalay will initially be served with three weekly flights and Yangon with four weekly flights but Bangkok Airways is confident both markets will grow and eventually be able to support more frequencies.

Other secondary routes between Thailand and Myanmar are likely to follow as passenger traffic between the neighbouring countries is growing rapidly and is likely to accelerate after the current visa requirements are lifted.
Myanmar and Thailand announced in late 2013 the lifting of visa requirements. Implementation has since been delayed, likely due to the political upheaval in Thailand, but is still expected.
Bangkok Airways currently offers almost 11,000 weekly seats to and from Myanmar, making it the largest carrier in Myanmar’s international market with about a 10pc share of total seat capacity.

Bangkok Airways has roughly doubled its capacity to Myanmar over the past year as it added a fourth daily flight on Bangkok-Yangon and launched services from Bangkok to Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Capacity is slated to increase by about another 18pc in late Oct-2014 as Bangkok Airways adds a fifth daily flight on Bangkok-Yangon and launches Chiang Mai-Yangon and Chiang Mai-Mandalay.

Bangkok-Mandalay and Bangkok-Nay Pyi Taw for now is slated to continue to be served with seven and five weekly frequencies respectively. Bangkok-Mandalay is served with A319s while Bangkok-Nay Pyi Taw is generally served with ATR 72s but A319s have been used during peak periods.
Bangkok Airways will have about 13,000 weekly seats in Myanmar in Nov-2014, accounting for 25 pc f the carrier’s total international seat capacity.

Hilton to manage five properties in Myanmar PDF Print E-mail

HILTON Worldwide on June 11 announced the signing of management agreements with Eden Group for five Hilton Hotels and Resorts properties in Myanmar.
The partnership with Eden Group represents another significant milestone for Hilton Worldwide’s expansion in Myanmar followed the company’s earlier announcement in 2013 as the first western hotel group to have signed an agreement to operate a hotel in the country.

Under the agreements, two of Eden Group’s recently opened properties in Naypyidaw and on Ngapali beach in Rakhine State will be rebranded as Hilton Nay Pyi Taw and Hilton Ngapali Beach Resort respectively. They are scheduled to welcome their first guests as Hiltons this October.

Three other hotels will open in the next three years, namely Hilton Bagan and Hilton Inle Lake in 2016, and Hilton Mandalay in 2017.

The 200-room Hilton Nay Pyi Taw will open in time for the ASEAN Summit and ASEAN Plus Summit 2014 in November. The hotel spans more than 404,000m2, and will feature three F&B outlets including an all-day dining restaurant, as well as meetings and events spaces.

Hilton Ngapali Beach Resort, located on the popular beach destination overlooking the Indian Ocean, offers 51 guestrooms. The beachfront property also features an all-day dining outlet, a hotel bar and function rooms.

Hilton Bagan will offer 220 rooms; Hilton Inle Lake, 180; and Hilton Mandalay, 300 with a spacious 1,000m2 ballroom.

Eden Group is one of Myanmar's largest private companies founded in 1990. Its key business sectors include construction, banking, hospitality, energy and agriculture.
The figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as of December 2013 stated that Myanmar has 923 licensed hotels and approximately 34,834 rooms throughout the country.

The figure comprising hotels in Myanmar by popular destinations, Yangon has 232 hotels with 10175 rooms, followed by Mandalay with 104 hotels (4439 rooms), Bagan-Nyaung U with 77 hotels (2386 rooms), Taunggyi-Inle with 70 hotels (1939 rooms) and Nay Pyi Taw with 50 hotels (4030 rooms).

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