The Myanmar Times
Friday, 28 November 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Nearly killed by Lonely Planet

As a reasonably experienced traveller, I should have known better by than to trust the guidebook without also gathering some local intelligence about the wisdom of my plan.


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MAI to add Seoul, Hong Kong and Laos routes

NAational carrier Myanmar Airways International plans to launch direct flights from Yangon to Vientiane, Hong Kong and Seoul later this year, a spokesperson said last week.

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Chaungtha Beach hotels to offer rainy season discounts

Hotels at Chaungtha Beach are planning monsoon sales to attract visitors during the rainy season, an official from the Chaungtha Hoteliers Association said last week.

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Visa on arrival reintroduced from June 1

Tourists could soon be eligible for a visa on arrival, a senior Ministry of Immigration and Population official said last week, with business travellers able to access the service from June 1.

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Room rate dispute harming industry

The tourism industry’s pricing war – which has operators and hoteliers at loggerheads over soaring hotel room rates – is damaging the industry’s reputation, industry experts say.


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Agents, hotels must look at the long-term picture

It is the time of year when travel agents and hotels start discussing contracts for the coming high season. This year, however, the negotiating balance has shifted considerably towards the hotels.


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A worthy destination for pilgrims

Myanmar is full of destinations for pilgrimage tours, most of them important pagodas where Buddhists travel in large numbers to pray and pay homage.



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Myanmar travel made less frightening

As Myanmar shuffles its way along the winding road to democratic reform, a handful global travellers have taken notice of the recent political changes, shaken off their reservations about visiting the “mysterious” destination, and descended on the country in increasing numbers.

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Ministry working on hotel star ratings

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is introducing a star rating system at hotels across the country, a ministry spokesperson said.

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Tourist, business arrivals up again in 2011, says ministry

Tourist arrivals hit a record high for the second year running in 2011, rising more than 20 percent, figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism show.



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