Govt Invites Proposals for New Hotels in Myeik Archipelago

RANGOON — The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) is inviting proposals for new hotel projects in the Myeik Archipelago, which will be assessed for environmental friendliness in cooperation with the Tenasserim Division government. The development of the archipelago in Burma’s far south for “eco-tourism” is prioritized in the Tourism Master Plan 2013-20, which was devised under […]

Three offshore gas fields see low demand from partner countries

THREE of Myanmar’s four offshore gas fields have attracted low demand for natural gas from partner countries, according to Electric Power and Energy Ministry. The Zawtika Project, the country’s largest offshore gas field has proven to be the exception. The low demand has been linked to the fall in crude oil prices in the world […]

Myanmar’s wireless market heating up

YANGON — Competition in Myanmar’s mobile phone market is getting fierce. With sustained downward pressure on prices, the industry fears it could squeeze itself out of profitability. And things could get worse. Last July, Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it would invite bids for a fourth mobile phone operator’s license. At first, […]

Doubts raised over Chinese oil refinery plan

A Chinese-led US$3 billion plan to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery near the southern city of Dawei has raised questions about China’s strategic intentions in launching apparently commercially unviable projects, while local groups have already signalled their opposition. Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its […]

Myeik island developer runs into Japanese pearl farm

A local developer’s plans to build an island resort in the Myeik Archipelago have been blown out of the water by the Myanmar subsidiary of Japanese pearl giant Tasaki, which claims the project would impact its farming area. Myeik Public Corporation has been trying for the past two years to secure Myanmar Investment Commission approval […]

Thai tourism firms urged to look into Myanmar and Cambodia

Thai tourism and hospitality businesses are being urged to tap into Myanmar and Cambodia to cash in on growing tourism in the two neighbouring countries. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said Myanmar and Cambodia were in dire need of tourism-related investment and hospitality knowledge from Thailand to upgrade their tourism destinations. Cambodia’s tourism minister […]

BG Group and Woodside to start offshore exploration

BG Group will undertake 3D seismic surveys in blocks A-4 and AD-2 in the Rakhine basin off the western coast of Myanmar, starting from November 23. The company will conduct seismic campaigns using a Ramform Sovereign ship until the end of April 2016, according to the statement. Woodside Energy also will carry out 3D seismic […]

Myeik developer plans two island resorts

Myeik Archipelago, a group of more than 800 islands home to the Moken or “sea gypsies”, is increasingly attracting developers who see its potential for tourism. Compared with other destinations in Myanmar such as Bagan and Inle Lake, the islands in the Andaman Sea off the southern tip of the country are still underdeveloped, with […]

Myanmar fishermen protest Thai hires

The hiring of Thai helmsmen on Myanmar fishing boats has been criticised by the local fishing industry. Two Myanmar companies last year hired Thai captains on the grounds that they were familiar with the use of sonar to find fish. The issue has long been contentious. Faced with opposition by local fishermen, the Ministry of […]

Myanmar-Thailand road cuts through last wilderness

Across the open door of the immigration office, a black dog sleeps, his ears twitching. It is a slow day at the border, under the tropical afternoon sun. The incessant whine of cicadas off the bumpy red dirt road at my back, snaking through the hills from the west, will soon give way to the […]