Monthly Archives: August 2015

Myanmar beefs up security

Myanmar’s national police department will deploy more tourist police in Thandwe and Mrauk U, Rakhine state, due to the steady increase in visitors to the region.

Myanmar Business Today reported security would be beefed up in Thandwe, Kyauktaw, Ngapali Junction, Mazin Airport, Mrauk U Archaeology Museum, Shiqthaung Pagoda and Mrauk U Airport.

Even with the state’s growing popularity visitors entering Mrauk U reached just 1,900 in 2012, and by 2014 doubled to 3,500. However, during the half of this year more than 2,400 tourists have visited Rakhine state.

Thandwe and Ngapali beaches are far more popular with 33,000 visits in 2013, 36,000 in 2014 and 21,000 during the first half of 2015.

Tourist Police have three units based in Mandalay, two in Yangon, and two in Shan state, while Ayeyarwady, Nay Pyi Taw, Bago, Sagaing, Mon and Kayin have one each, according to deputy minister for home affairs brigadier general Kyaw Kyaw Htun.

Situated on the western coast, Rakhine state borders Chin state in the north, Magway Region, Bago Region and Ayeyarwady Region in the east, the Bay of Bengal to the west, and Chittagong, Bangladesh, to the northwest.

Tourists mainly visit the ruins of the ancient royal town Mrauk U and the beach resorts of Ngapali, but facilities are still poor and the transportation infrastructure is very basic.

Source : TTR Weekly

Luxembourg to invest in tourism

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is working with Luxembourg to invest US$5.7 million in the development of human resources within the tourism industry.

A delegation from Luxembourg has conducted field trips in Bagan, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw to develop human resource training in the private sector and at universities.

The ministry said there were more than 800,000 jobs in the tourist sector with the potential to reach about 3 million.

About US$3 billion of foreign investment has been invested in the hotel sector and by the end of May this year there were more than 1.5 million tourist arrivals.

The ministry is expecting more than 5 million visitors this year, generating about US$2 billion.

Source : Eleven Myanmar