Monthly Archives: January 2018

Mandalay registers high inflow of tourists in 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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