Myanmar ripe for investments in services sector as economy grows

MYANMAR IS in need of more investments, especially in the service sector, as the economy is showing strong growth, Aung Kyan San, managing director of Crown Education, a business and consultancy firm based in Yangon, said last Friday. “Foreign investors still have a lot of opportunity in Myanmar thanks to the growing economy, and this […]

Thai Lion Air bound at last for Yangon

Thai Lion Air’s B737-900ER. The no-frills carrier has received permission from Myanmar to start flights to Yangon. (Thai Lion Air photo) After some hiccups, Thai Lion Air (TLA) has finally been given the nod from Myanmar to launch a regular service from Bangkok to Yangon. TLA’s foray into Myanmar will intensify competition on the route, […]

Domestic Workers from Myanmar Overworked in Thailand

  CHIANG MAI, THAILAND—In Thailand, thousands of unregistered domestic workers from Myanmar face daily abuse at the hands of their employees. But now, as Myanmar opens to reform, changes are coming slowly. Is it enough to draw back a future work force? Every year, an estimated two million migrant workers from Myanmar join the Thai […]

Thailand eyes Myeik archipelago as new investment destination

Thailand‘s tourism minister has made her first trip to Myeik archipelago to assess the opportunities for investment along the untouched coastline of Tanintharyi Region. Myeik district, home to almost 700,000 people, mirrors the far more frequently visited shores of southern Thailand, along the opposite coastline of a narrow strip of land. Officials from Thailand and […]

Air Cargo:Emerging Myanmar requires patience

After more than two decades of isolation, the nation of Myanmar is moving back into the international market. As this Southeast Asian country makes cautious steps towards democracy, the forwarding industry is watching – and waiting – for opportunities to turn Myanmar into the region’s next logistics powerhouse. For some logistics firms, the wait may be […]

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 […]

MNA to open new route to Bangkok four times per week

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is planning to fly to Bangkok with a new ATR aircraft four times a week starting from February 20. The airline will introduce a new flight schedule with flights to Chiang Mai two times a week starting from February 26. At the present, MNA offers regular flights to 26 cities, plus […]

HK Express to fly to Myanmar

HK Express, a budget airline based in Hong Kong, will launch flights from Hong Kong to Yangon and Mandalay, next February. According to the airline’s website, it will operate four flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to Yangon, starting 17 February. The inaugural flight to Mandalay is scheduled for 21 February with two […]

Booming Chinese Demand For Jade Fuels Armed Conflict And Entrenched Corruption In Myanmar

From the garden deck of his office, Yup Zau Hkawng looks over one of the greener cities in Asia. Myitkyina is the capital of Myanmar’s Kachin State, its wide boulevards lined with trees. The sleepy town boasts a bustling downtown market painted vivid green, just a few blocks from the modest but charming central library, […]

Thailand, Myanmar kick start Mega Joint Familiarisation Trip

Bangkok, 18 May, 2015 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar together with Bangkok Airways have announced the launch of the Mega Joint Familiarisation Trip between Thailand and Myanmar” project with an objective of promoting tourism products and services in Thailand and Myanmar to long-haul European and […]