Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

MIC pledges more ministry cooperation after projects stopped

The Myanmar Investment Commission will strengthen inter-department collaboration in an effort to avoid situations like that which led to the cancelled projects near Shwedagon Pagoda, according to the commission’s secretary U Aung Naing Oo. The government announced on July 7 that five projects near Shwedagon would be cancelled, following a months-long protest led partly by […]

‘Phuket of Myanmar’ seeks MIC approval

The US$1.2 billion LuxDream Island project is branded “the next Phuket” and will feature a high-end marina, luxury hotels, a theme park and a casino. The plan may seem incongruous with the serenity of Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago. But the island dream looks set to become reality, as Singaporean Zochwell Group prepares to sign a Build, […]

Yangon’s Vietnamese development lands Melia hotel

Spanish hotel chain Melia Hotels International signed a deal yesterday that will place a five-star Melia brand hotel at a prominent Vietnamese-owned development. The Melia Hotel Yangon will be part of the mixed-use Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) Myanmar Centre next to the Sedona Hotel near Inya Lake. HAGL Group chief executive Vo Thuong Son […]

Myanmar opens up Mogok town further for tourism

MYANMAR’S long-secluded town of Mogok, renowned for ruby mines and gem markets, is emerging as a popular tourist destination as the process of gaining authorisation to visit the town becomes easier. The mountain town had been off-limits to visitors for decades until the government allowed limited access in the mid-1990s. Permits were difficult to come […]

FDI in Hotel and Tourism Hits $700 million

Foreign hotels and travel enterprises have invested more than $700 million in Myanmar’s tourism sector, Dr Tin Shwe, deputy minister for hotels and tourism said during the annual meeting of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association in Yangon. This is a direct response to the booming Myanmar tourism industry, which according to the deputy minister has […]

DVB talks to Vikram Kumar, IFC

Vikram Kumar, the Resident Representative for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Myanmar, spoke to DVB Interview International’s Alex Bookbinder about IFC investments in Yoma Bank and Shangri-La hotels. The IFC, which is part of the World Bank Group, are financing several major infrastructure projects in Myanmar. One major investment is US$75 million in funds […]

Tourist arrivals increase by 83 percent in three years

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar increased by 83 percent between October 2010 and October this year, according to Ministry of Hotel and Tourism statistics. According to the announcement, there were about 800,000 tourist arrivals in 2010 and more than 1.5 million tourists in 2013. The tourists arrived via Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw and border […]

Restaurant association wins SEA Games food tender

Consult-Myanmar welcomes you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Athletes competing in the 27th Southeast Asia Games in Nay Pyi Taw will be served the finest food Myanmar has to offer. U Khin Aung Htun, vice chairman of the Myanmar Restaurant Association, made the pledge at a press conference called to announce […]