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ATF 2014: Hotel awards are the first order of business

Kuching, Malaysia (eTN) - This year's edition of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) has yet to be declared open, but it is already generating buzz-worthy events.

Myanmar airport prepares for surge in passenger numbers

YANGON, MYANMAR – Yangon International Airport (YIA) in Myanmar is gearing up for projected 20% annual growth with new common-use systems from air transport IT specialist, SITA , as the country wel

In pursuing reforms, listen to people, say Myanmar and Philippine presidents

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – Necessary political and economic reforms must push forward because that is what citizens want, the leaders of Myanmar and the Philippines said in the closing session of the 22

East Asia joins forces to tap deep regional tourism potential

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - Greater regional integration, a single visa, and across-the-board standards in the tourism sector are expected to boost trade in ASEAN by 10%-20%.

ICTP: Put green on the same page as growth for Myanmar...

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) supports Myanmar’s bold new tourism leap and calls for green growth leadership.

Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines agree to work on ASEAN common...

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – Ministers and tourism authorities of Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines have expressed their intention to collaborate with relevant g

Young Global Leaders to meet in Yangon

YANGON, Myanmar – The Young Global Leaders, a community of the World Economic Forum that brings together some of the most promising entrepreneurial and socially engaged minds worldwide, today begins

Myanmar Polestar Travels & Tours first to join The Code and...

YANGON, Myanmar – We are proud to announce that Myanmar Polestar is the first travel and tour company in Myanmar to join The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation i

Myanmar – letting the dust settle

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Armin Schoch, formerly of Diethelm Travel and now of Impulse Travel, talked recently as a guest speaker at the March meeting of Skal International Chiang Mai & North Thailand ab

Coral bleaching in Thai waters causes tourists to travel to islands...

Coral bleaching around Thai islands in the Andaman Sea has made a dent in tourism numbers. Many foreign divers have flocked lately to St Luke Island in Myanmar instead.

Room shortages and inflated rates could undermine Myanmar tourism

YANGON, Myanmar - A shortage of hotel rooms, plus widespread overcharging, threaten to damage the long-term future of the country’s tourist industry, observers are warning.

Myanmar tourism up 54 percent

YANGON, Myanmar - The number of tourists arriving through Yangon International Airport rose more than 50 percent last year compared to 2011, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said.

International arrivals into Asia grow 5.5 percent

BANGKOK, Thailand - International visitor arrivals into Asia between January and September 2012 showed a collective increase of 5.5% year-on-year, according to preliminary results released today by th

Rakhine clashes do not deter Myanmar tourists

Though hopes of developing tourism in Rakhine State suffered a blow as last month’s clashes prompted the cancellation of tour packages in the strife-torn area, the tourist industry has seen few or n

Myanmar warns visitors on child sex tourism

Tourists staying in Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan have been warned against committing sexual offences against children, an official from the Central Body for Suppression of Trafficking in Persons (C

ICTP president catches up with Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu...

BANGKOK, Thailand - The 21st World Economic Forum in East Asia closed on June 1, 2012.

World Tourism Organization welcomes back Myanmar

The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, has announced the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

E-visas arrive to Myanmar and probably to Vietnam

MANADO, Indonesia (eTN) - There is a funny expression in French media. They regularly mention “marronnier” (chestnut tree), as soon as a topic comes into the media on a regular basis.

Bagan, center of sand painting

BAGAN, Myanmar (eTN) - With its 1,200 or 1,300 stupas, pagodas, and temples – it is probably difficult to get a precise figure - Bagan in Myanmar is certainly one of Asia’s most stunning places to

Could tourism become a Pandora’s box for Myanmar?

BAGAN, Myanmar (eTN) - Imagine a young and beautiful girl looking into a mirror for the first time and suddenly discovering how pretty she is.

Myanmar tourism enters a new era

YANGON/BAGAN, Myanmar (eTN) - Experts have long predicted that Myanmar (ex Burma) would one day open up and turn into Southeast Asia’s hottest destinations.

Plastic bag-free zone established at Inle Lake in Burma

A village at Inle Lake in southern Shan State has agreed to become a plastic bag-free zone, and the project’s backers say they hope the initiative will spread to other areas of the popular tourist d

Two earthquakes strike in the border area in between Myanmar, Thailand,...

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have both confirmed that a on 3/24/2011 1:55:36 PM UTC (about 2035 local time), a 6.8-magnitude

2010 was a golden year for Myanmar tourism

YANGON, Myanmar — By Myanmar standards, 2010 was a golden year for tourism.

Changes are in the air in Myanmar

PHNOM PENH (eTN) - Myanmar has long been considered as a pariah state due to its harsh military government and its poor record on human rights.

Fighting in Myanmar forces thousands to flee to Thailand

(eTN) - More than 15,000 refugees have fled into northern Thailand on Monday after fighting broke out between ethnic Karen rebels and government troops in Myanmar, a United Nations agency has said.

Myanmar Air Bagan launches service to Phuket

BANGKOK – Myanmar carrier Air Bagan is launching twice-weekly flights between Yangon and the resort island of Phuket in Thailand, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

Bomb found near popular tourist market in Yongon

YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in Myanmar found a bomb hidden near a popular tourist market in Yangon, state media reported Saturday, accusing anti-government groups of trying to instigate violence a

Destination news: Tourist arrivals to Myanmar up 37%

Yangon - Tourist arrivals to Myanmar increased 37.4 per cent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2010, thanks in part to a new visa-on-arrival system, media reports said Sunday.

Myanmar airlines to expand fleets in time for peak tourism season

Yangon - Myanmar's two private airlines have announced plans to purchase new aircraft to service new routes in time for the coming peak tourism season, media reports said Sunday.