Articles tagged “myanmar”

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It was mostly business as usual for Myanmar tourism at the Pacific Asia Travel Association's 2018 travel mart. With visitation to Myanmar declining from Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Myanmar is going after Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tourists. But so is almost everyone else.

1 month ago

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Words as a means to define problems and trigger solutions are important. The label overtourism crystalizes a problem and serves as a call to action. We'd agree that a lack of capacity management is a big part of the problem, but the latter characterization hardly spurs the urgency the issue requires.

1 month ago

Myanmar Tourism Bouncing Back Despite Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar Tourism Bouncing Back Despite Rohingya Crisis

Kyaw Thu, Bloomberg

More tourist arrivals from countries like China and Japan are likely helping Myanmar. But it sounds as though the country is a tougher sell these days to western travelers from Europe and elsewhere.

8 months ago

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Sterling Wong and Livia Yap, Bloomberg

Investors are betting that tourists will look past the ethnic cleansing happening in some parts of Myanmar and so far some have, but others are canceling trips on moral grounds or safety fears.

10 months ago

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda , Bloomberg

ANA is very keen to invest in Myanmar to tap into travel demand in a fast-growing Asian economy. Does the Rohingya ethnic cleansing crisis fit at all into ANA's calculations? Not that we can tell.

10 months ago

Myanmar Genocide Has the Travel Industry Searching for Strategies

Myanmar Genocide Has the Travel Industry Searching for Strategies

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travel is the world's largest industry and should be taking a leadership position about Myanmar to publicly condemn ethnic cleansing, and show the country's military government that tourism dollars aren't unconditional if it supports crimes against humanity.

12 months ago

Uber-Rival Grab to Invest $100 Million in Mobile-First Myanmar

Uber-Rival Grab to Invest $100 Million in Mobile-First Myanmar

Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

Grab's investment in Myanmar is part of its "hyper-local" focus as it leverages its SoftBank funding to pick its spots against Uber. Myanmar consumers are rapidly becoming mobile phone users after years of being shut out so Grab's entry is timely.

1 year ago

A Tiny Town in Myanmar Capitalizes on George Orwell Tourism

A Tiny Town in Myanmar Capitalizes on George Orwell Tourism

Aung Naing Soe and Joe Freeman, Associated Press

As Myanmar becomes an increasingly more popular destination for international travelers, it's no wonder why the town of Katha would want to popularize and market its ties to the author of such famous books as 1984 and Animal Farm.

2 years ago

Asian Tourism Investment Looks Promising Through 2026, But Challenges Loom

Asian Tourism Investment Looks Promising Through 2026, But Challenges Loom

Dan Peltier, Skift

As the world's fastest-growing region for tourism it's a good sign that some Asian countries can expect to see healthy travel and tourism investment during the next 10 years. But a number of factors could alter these projections, particularly the Chinese market, as more global tourism trends are tested in this region.

2 years ago

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Scores of Bagan Temples

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Scores of Bagan Temples

Grant Peck and Min Kyi Thein, Associated Press

The lack of a UNESCO designation may seem like a slight for now, but nations not ready to deal with the influx of visitors such a label can bring can often be poorer for it.

2 years ago

Myanmar’s Journey From Police State to Luxury Travel Hot Spot

Myanmar’s Journey From Police State to Luxury Travel Hot Spot

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

We'd like to see a more thoughtful approach to tourism beyond the singular focus on the luxury market, as they tend to be rather fickle.

3 years ago

Singapore Association Wins $1.4 Billion Contract to Build Myanmar Airport

Singapore Association Wins $1.4 Billion Contract to Build Myanmar Airport

Kyaw Thu, Bloomberg

The new airport will be located 55 km further from the center city but increase capacity tenfold signaling an influx of jobs and tourism dollars for Yangon's future.

4 years ago