Myanmar officially virus-free despite lockdown

Myanmar remains one of the only countries in Asia with no official cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nevertheless, the country has redoubled its prevention efforts, banning travelers from the hardest-hit countries and pouring resources into domestic

Banyan Tree partners with local hotel brand despite tourism slump

International hospitality giant Banyan Tree Holdings is partnering with one of Myanmar’s largest hotel brands to manage 17 of its properties. Singapore-based Banyan Tree has announced a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Htoo Hospitality, a.k.a
Local carrier Air Mandalay halt services

Defunct airlines face lawsuit despite industry upturn

The government may sue two defunct airlines if they fail to pay their debts by May. Air Mandalay and Asian Wings Airways owe the government a combined MMK 93.72 million, or USD 64,400, deputy minister of Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo told p

Govt. weighs total Chinese tourism ban

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) is considering a blanket ban on all visitors from China to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide. If enacted, the ban would cap a series of

Coronavirus scare hits Myanmar tourism

The coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 4000 people in China is driving tourists away from Asia, and Myanmar is no exception. Although no official release has been made that the virus has reached Myanmar, apparently the crisis in its lar

Government adds to no-travel list

The Myanmar government has expanded its list of off-limits tourist destinations following the death of a German citizen in Shan State. Areas of Shan, Rakhine, Kachin, Chin, Sagaing and Yangon are on the updated no-travel list from the Ministry of Hot