Mandalay registers high inflow of tourists in 2017

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A couple of tourist seen at the Golden Palace also known as Mya Nan San Kyaw in Mandalay.
Photo: Nyi Zaw Moe

Tourist inflow into the Mandalay Region was higher in 2017 than 2016, according to Mandalay Region Hotels and Tourism Department.
The Mandalay Region hosted more than 483,780 tourists in 2017, while the region welcomed more than 385,000 tourists in 2016, mostly from China. More than 144,200 tourists visited Mandalay in 2017. The region also attracted tourists from Thailand, India, Singapore, Viet Nam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and America.
Mandalay has been seeing increasing tourist arrivals each year. It received more than 306,000 tourists in 2015.
The number of direct flights to Mandalay was also increased last year. Additionally, tourists visit Mandalay through the border gates in motorcycles or cars. Tourists appear to favour touring cultural zones such as the Bagan-Nyaung U cultural zone, Ava cultural site and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Tourists visit Myanmar by their own motorbikes

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Tourists from Malaysia are seen with their motorbikes.  Photo: Myanmar Digital News

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the arrangement of the Mosaic of Myanmar Tribes Co.,Ltd, eight Malaysians visited Myanmar on their own motorbikes crossing the Myawady-Mae Sot border checkpoint.
Their travel itinerary is Myawady-Bago-Bagan-Mandalay-Innlay-Bago-Myawady.
They headed to Bagan, the country’s ancient city located in Mandalay Region, passing through Bago in lower Myanmar. Then, they rode to Mandalay from Bagan and then visited Inlay Lake in Shan State, which is the second largest lake in Myanmar.
Afterwards, they returned to Bago and rode to Myawady, which is where they exited Myanmar. Their trip started on 9 January and left Myanmar on 16 January.
This is the country’s high season for tourism now, so visitors are continuously entering Myanmar by car, or motorbike or bicycles in either groups or alone crossing the border checkpoints.

Myanmar Digital News

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Gov’t to submit final application for Bagan to UNESCO by January end

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A final application to have the Bagan Archaeological Zone listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site will be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) by the end of January 2018, according to a report in the City News yesterday.
The government has been conducting research to submit a final application since 2014 to get Bagan included in the world register. “We are now ready to submit an application to UNESCO by the end of this January. The World Heritage Site Committee will bring up the subject for deliberation at UNESCO’s 2019 World Heritage Site convention,” said U Kyaw Oo Lwin, Director General of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library that operates under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
In August 2016, Bagan pagodas were damaged by an earthquake, which were later renovated by archaeological experts from UNESCO, Myanmar and foreign countries. More than 300 pagodas were thus renovated.
There are some 193 member countries in UNESCO today. More than 1,000 sites from 167 countries have been listed by UNESCO.
The three ancient city-states of Pyu were Myanmar’s first entries to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Sedona Hotel Yangon hosts First Myanmar Food Festival

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First Myanmar Food Festival hosted by Sedona Hotel in Yangon till 31 January. Photo: Supplied

Sedona Hotel Yangon is hosting its first ever Myanmar Food Festival at its D’Cuisine restaurant, offering a buffet spread of more than 40 popular Myanmar dishes.
Available daily for lunch and dinner, from now till 31 January 2018, the event aims to attract local food enthusiasts, members of the public and hotel guests who wish to experience Myanmar local delights at their best.
The menu was curated by Mr Edmund Ng, Executive Chef of Sedona Hotel Yangon and his talented culinary team of local chefs.
Foodies can look forward to dishes with locally-sourced ingredients and cooked to perfection in a variation of styles. Guests can enjoy the Salad Station to create their own Myanmar salad using a wide mix of ingredients; a Fried Station with local favourites such as tempura-style, Shan-styled; a Soup Station with local soup specialties, and lentil with glass noodles; and hot dishes
which include Myanmar curries, satay and sautéed vegetables.
The Myanmar Food Festival buffet is available alongside other food stations that Sedona Hotel Yangon typically serves during its buffets including international and dessert dishes.—GNLM

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Tourists visit Myanmar via Tachilek border gate

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Tourists enter Myanmar via Tachilek border gate.  Photo: Supplied

Tourists have been travelling in and out of Myanmar through international gateways and cross-border gateways, to enjoy its natural landscapes, tourist attractions and witness its many traditions, customs and social lifestyles.
In fact, a culture-based tourism package has been developed, where tourists can observe the traditions and culture of the nation’s many ethnic people.
Some 159 visitors entered the country via the Tachileik border gate on a one-day return trip from December 29, 2017, to January 4, 2018. Some 275 tourists, including Thais and third country visitors, visited Maing Phat and Kyaing Tong; and 177 tourists, including Thais and third country visitors, travelled with a visa from December 29, 2017, to January 4, 2018.
Tourists who were on a one-day return trip visited the Tarlot market, Bayintnaung Statue, Maha Myatmuni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, national landmark garden, the Arrkhar market, and the Chinese monastery, which are famous sites in Tachilek.
Tourists who stayed overnight visited the Buddha Footprint Pagoda, Maha Myatmuni Pagoda in Kyaing Tong, Soon Taung Pagoda, and other well-known pagodas and locations in Maing Phat. Of those tourists who entered via the Tachilek border gate, some 730,756 were one-day return visitors, while 11,901 travelled further, to Maing Phat and Kyaing Tong, from April 1, 2017, to January 4, 2018. There were 5,714 tourists with visas,who travelled by air to Tachilek.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

YPS card system to be installed in 4,000 YBS buses

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YBS buses will install YPS, together with the cash box system. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The Yangon region government is planning to implement the Yangon Payment System (YPS) system in some 4,000 Yangon Bus Service (YBS) buses, according to a report yesterday in the Myawady Daily.
Once the YPS system is installed, payments will be deducted from the card, based upon the distance travelled. The system will not impact payment rates.
The Yangon region government has already discussed the tender process for the payment service with technology companies. The board will review the tender proposals from various consortiums, before choosing the final bidders for consideration. The cabinet will then select two tender winners for the automated fare collection (AFC) system. The two winning consortiums will sign five-year contracts with YBS companies. They will then be required to issue YPS cards and install all AFC technology, which will be initially tested on some 4,000 buses.
The Yangon region government will announce the tender winners for the YPS system on January 11. The Yangon region government invited the tender in September, and has received tender applications from 21 companies.
Currently, YBS buses are using a cash box system. Later on, the YBS will install the YPS system, together with the cash box system. The government will make sure the YPS cards are accepted in all buses, trains, and other means of transport, as well as other services.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

CBT in Thandaunggyi has become popular this year

Photo shows Naw Bu Baw prayer mountain of Thandaung Gyi in Kayin State.  Photo: Supplied

More local visitors flock to Thandaunggyi this year as Community Based Tourism is developing in the township and return of the peace to the area eased travel restrictions.
Visitors to Thandaunggyi daily increased due to consequences of peace process in the State. Upon travel permit from the regional government and related organizations, local visitors and tourists can observe indigenous culture and tradition and give a tour to coffee plantation and other crop farms, hot spring, waterfall, Naw Bu Baw Hill station, etc.
Thandaunggyi is one of the less well known of the hill stations established during British colonial rule. The place was listed on Myanmar’s tourist attractions during a declaration of Visit Myanmar Year in 1996. Number of visitors to Thandaunggyi increased from three digits to five digits in 2012. CBT was implemented in Thandaunggyi in December 2014.
Thandaunggyi Tourism Development Working Group and local stake holders managed to develop socio-economy of the local residents, creating job opportunities and providing facilities to the travelers.
With rich nature attractions and indigenous culture, Kayin State attracted over 187,660 tourists and over 505,260 local visitors as of September this year.
Inflow of day trippers to Kayin State increased this year. In the peak season, many tourists visit Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State. Mount Zwegabin, Kyauk Kalap, Paddamya Cave, Saddan Cave, Kawt Gun Cave, Bayit Nyi Naung Cave, Hot Spring are also famous tourist spots in the State.

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Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

12th Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival to feature 200,000 flowers

People are sightseeing around the site at the flower festival of Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as the city of flower.  Photo: MNA

The 12th Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival held in the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region from 16 to 31 December will showcase close to 200,000 flower species.
Officials said that if the situation of the flowers is good, the festival will be extended. The flower festival will also include musical entertainment and shops. Tens of thousands of people usually visit the annual flower festival, said Ko Kyaw Lin Oo, in charge of the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
“There were more visitors this year, and if the conditions of the flowers and the weather are good, the festival will be extended beyond 31 December”, added Ko Kyaw Lwin Oo.
About 200,000 flowers of differing colours from 48 different types of flowers will be displayed. The entry is Ks500 for children and Ks1,000 for adults. About 10,000 visitors are expected to visit daily. Due to recent rain, there were some difficulties in planting the flowers, officials said.
“About 20 per cent of the flowers displayed are fakes, but 80 per cent are real. Even the flower festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand is unable to display 100 per cent real flowers. The real flowers for the festival were planted in October, so almost everything is ready” said U Wai Phyo Aung, the executive director of National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
Rain also caused a problem for the 2016 flower festival, where more than 200,000 flowers were planted, but only 30,000 survived the weather. Flowers are planted four times a year for at the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden for the festival, including flowers from Thailand and China, it is learnt.

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Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Number of tiger and wildlife species in Hugaung Tiger Reserve collected

The photo of tiger captured by camera. Photo: Supplied
Population of tiger and wildlife species dwelling in Hugaung Tiger Reserve and their habitats are being surveyed in cooperation with the Forest Department, said U Aung Kyaw from Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar Programme).

Hugaung Tiger Reserve and Khakaborazi National Park, under the guard of a forest officials, the police and WCS members, are being protected from hunting and cutting trees. Awareness campaigns concerning wildlife conservation activities will also be conducted for public participation in the drive, said U Aung Kyaw. A training will be conducted with foreign experts in a bid to improve capacity of WCS and Forest Department’s staff.
The trainees will receive skills for survey, patrolling and use of camera traps, GPS, compass, clinometers, range finders. They will also participate in oversea workshop and meetings.
The authorities will raise awareness about wildlife conservation in Hugaung Tiger Reserve and Khakaborazi National Park to attract people for activities for Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). –Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Chindwin River Bridge (Khamti) nears completion

An aerial view of the bridge across the Chindwin River in Khamti.  Photo: Supplied

A PROJECT to construct a bridge across Chindwin River in Khamti Township in Sagaing Region is currently 80 per cent complete, according to the Bridge Department (Sagaing Region).
Initiated since late 2016, the new project is expected to be finalized by March, said U Myo Khine, one of assistant directors of the Bridge Department. The region government funded Ks19.6 billion to the construction of bridge. Upon completion of the project, socio-economic development of local villages in the upper Sagaing Region and Naga area would be improved. The new bridge will be 809.5-meter long and will include 8.5-meter wide motor road and one-meter wide platforms. The bridge department under the Ministry of Construction has constructed the new RC bridge linking Khamti Town in the east of the Chindwin River and Hsinthay Village in the west of the river.
The new bridge is situated one mile from Khamti and it is on the route to Lahe Town in Naga area. After completion the project, villagers will enjoy the smooth transportation between Naga Self-Administered Zone and other towns in Sagaing Region and Kachin State.
People in Naga area are facing difficulties especially in the wet season, because of uneasy access to Sagaing Region.
Residents expect that the new bridge would reduce the travel time between Naga and other areas.—Win Oo (Zeyataing)

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar