Monthly Archives: October 2015

Myanmar tourism maintains pace

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says tourist arrivals to the country are on the pace to reach a target of 4.5 million visitors this year.

The government’s official media outlet, Gobal New Light of Myanmar, quoted Hotels and Tourism Minister U Htay Aung saying foreign tourist arrivals, as of September, surpassed the figure of 3.08 million achieved in 2014.

However, he did not elaborate on the the specific number of visitors that Myanmar has received to date this year. According to a ministry report, released earlier, the country attracted 2.5 million visits by mid-August.

The minister noted: “If Myanmar continues to maintain this growth, the arrivals will reach 4.5 million by the end of this year.

inside no 1“Tourist arrivals to the country by plane, or through border crossings, will continue to rise as the peak tourist season has now set in,” he added.

Last year, the country attracted 3.08 million international tourist arrivals, an increase of 50.73% from 2.04 million visits in 2013.

However, industry comments that the ministry is counting day visitors would cast doubt on the accuracy of the figures supplied on so-called genuine tourists.

Technically, the ministry recognises the UNWTO definition that identifies a tourist as a person who visits a country for at least 24-hours.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee earlier urged the government to introduce a data collection system to ensure that data is accurate and can be used to assist the industry to focus its marketing efforts.

At the time, it was stated the Ministry was counting day trips.

Source : TTR Weekly

Sedona Yangon largest in town

Sedona Hotel Yangon, owned by Singapore’s Keppel Land, soft opened its new Inya Wing, Thursday, following a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Hotels and Tourism, U Htay Aung.

The new 29-storey Inya Wing features an additional 431 rooms and suites, along with a grand lobby with a high-end retail gallery connecting the new tower to the existing building.

The interiors of the new wing feature traditional Burmese art infused with modern Asian influences.

Speaking at the ceremony, Keppel Land president of regional investments, Ng Ooi Hoo, said: “Today, we open the doors to exciting new experiences and raising the benchmark in hospitality in Myanmar.”

Minister, Htay Aung, responded: “As Myanmar’s growth progresses on track, we are heartened that leading international developers like Keppel Land are expanding and upgrading their hospitality developments to meet the growing needs of tourists.”

He noted that tourist arrivals are estimated to reach 5 million this year and 7.5 million by 2020.

“Apart from its hospitality business, we are heartened that Keppel Land is also bringing its experience and expertise in developing prime office developments to Yangon in collaboration with the Shwe Taung Group,” the minister said. “I am confident that the new office tower in the Junction City development will be another significant landmark in downtown Yangon.”

Sedona Hotel Yangon is a 20-minute drive away from the international airport and the city centre.

It is also close p to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake.

The existing hotel wing features 366 newly upgraded guest rooms and suites along with several dining options, executive club rooms and a fitness centre with a swimming pool, sauna and steam bath.

Inya Wing is linked to the existing hotel block via a new retail arcade and an elevated podium that houses a terrace featuring a swimming pool, fitness centre and an all-day restaurant.

To celebrate the opening of the new Inya Wing, the hotel offering an Inya Experience package until 31 December that includes daily breakfast, Wi-FI, return airport transfer and a buffet dinner for one. It is based on a minimum two nights’ stay.

Source : TTR Weekly

4.5m tourists expected this year

World Tourism Day Event held in MICC 2 at Nay Pyi Taw on 30th September.

Tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 4.5 million this year despite recent disasters, Vice-President Nyan Tun said in his opening address at the World Tourism Day event held at the MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Last year, 3.08 million tourists arrived, generating US$1.5 billion or 30 per cent of the service-sector income. Travel and tourism was the world’s fourth largest industry after oil, chemical products and food, he said.

The vice-president said Myanmar should continue relaxing visa restrictions by implementing e-visas and visas on arrival. New tourism opportunities were needed for the country to maintain its position as an emerging destination, he added.

On July 28, Myanmar could sign a memorandum of understanding to establish an entry visa-exemption for tourists arriving via Thailand and international airports.

In 2014, three Pyu cities, Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra were placed on the UN cultural agency Unesco World Heritage List.

The vice-president called for tourism promotion in Mon and Kayin states and sustainable, eco-tourism in Chin and Rakhine states and Tanintharyi Region.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Mingun entrance fee to increase for foreigners

MANDALAY—The entrance fee for foreign visitors to the Mingun area in Sagaing Region will increase from Ks 3,000 to Ks 5,000 on October 1.

“The Archeology Research Department currently collects an entrance fee of Ks 3000 from each foreign visitor. The department hands over the fees to the Sagaing Region Government Committee.  Under the new programme to begin on October 1, the staff of a tender-winning company chosen by the Region Government Committee will collect the entrance fee,” said a security officer in the Mingun area.


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“The fee increase is good because the money will be spent on regional development tasks and on the renovation of ancient archeological buildings,” said Thida Lin, a freelance tour guide.

After paying the fee, foreign tourists can explore the Mingun area for up to five days.

On September 7, the Sagaing Region Government Committee invited competitive tenders from companies vying to collect the newly increased fees.

The winning company will receive a contract to collect the fees from October 1, 2015, until March 31, 2016.

Mingun is home to an uncompleted 18th-century pagoda built by King Bodawpaya that would have been the largest in the world. The world’s largest ringing bell, originally meant to accompany the unfinished pagoda, is also one of the area’s attractions.

Source : Eleven Myanmar