Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gaya pilgrimage more costly as visa fees rise

Tour packages for pilgrimages to Bodh Gaya, India, are expected to increase to K30,000 per person in the wake of rise in visa fees charges collected by both the Indian and Myanmar governments, a member of Bodh Gaya Pilgrimages Committee told The Myanmar Times.

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Archaeology Dept to charge commercial photographers

Photographers who take photos for advertisements, calendars and pre-weddings in Bagan will have to pay K100,000 per day, U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library in Bagan, told The Myanmar Times.

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Domestic tourism growing faster than foreign visits

Domestic tourism is on the rise. Myanmar recorded some 7.1 million domestic travellers from August 2016 to April 2017, according to U Myoe Gyi, vice chairman of the Domestic Pilgrimages and Tour Operators Association.

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Angkor Wat, Bagan to be tourist sister cities

As part of the ‘two countries, one destination’ campaign, the Myanmar and Cambodia tourism ministers will ink a Memorandum of Agreement to tie Angkor Wat and the Bagan Cultural City, said U Kyaw Swa Min, a member of Working Group Committee for Angkor-Bagan tourism cooperation.

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Cable car to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda to start in October

Visitors to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State will soon be able to ride Myanmar’s first cable car from Yathetaung to the pagoda, U Myo Wai, a member of the Special Advisory Committee of Sky Asia company told The Myanmar Times.

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Car rallies expected to rev up tourism with Thailand

Tourism between Myanmar and Thailand is set to accelerate after the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee (MTM) decided for the first time to cooperate on allowing rally cars to pass through their common border.

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Shwedagon Pagoda entry fee increase put on hold

Shwedagon trustees have suspended plans to increase the entrance free of the pagoda for about six more months after getting a directive by the department of archaeology, national museum and library under the ministry of religious affairs and culture.

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Golf tourism needs long drive out of bunkers

Myanmar is far from a golf tourist destination despite having many courses in different cities, said U Phyo Wai Yar Zar, vice chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation.

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Myanmar to start collecting tourism tax

Myanmar will soon impose a tourism tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotion activities, the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said.

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Travel journal: a trip to Kawthaung

Yes, our tour guide Ye Zaw was biased. Very biased. But according to him, Myanmar’s southern islands are far more beautiful than anything Thailand has to offer.

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