Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reminds contractors to apply for building permits before, not after, construction

THE Hotels and Tourism Supervising Department, which falls under the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, has made it known that a total of 36 hotels across Myanmar have applied for building permits as of this mid-July. Of the total number of hotels which made their applications between January and mid-July this year, 16 have been […]

Jovago aims high in Myanmar with hotel-booking app for domestic tourists

A NEW HOTEL booking app has been launched in Myanmar with the aim of boosting domestic tourism. Developed by Jovago, the app is available in Burmese and features a selection of more than 700 hotels across the country. It is targeting partnering 95 per cent of hotels in Myanmar by the end of this year. […]

MIC pushes through dozens of investment approvals

The commission, which answers directly to the President’s Office, meets several times a month to approve foreign, joint-venture and local investments. According to MIC information dating back to January 2015, the average number of investments approved at each meeting is just under 10. No more than 20 projects have been approved at any previous meeting. […]

Dry port discussions under way on China border

The Shan State government has approved the project, and has asked First Golden Dragon Company to secure consent from landowners, said Muse district administrator U Kyaw Kyaw Htun. The company hopes to build a 210-acre dry port including a highway bus station, space for trucks to load and unload, cold storage and new warehouses, he […]

More foreign investment foreseen in 2016-2017: MIC secretary

More investment from western countries might be seen in the 2016-2017 fiscal, said Aung Naing Oo, the secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. Aung Naing Oo spoke to reporters during a forum titled “New Myanmar Beyond 2015: The Need for New Paradigm” at Yangon Economic University on January 11. “More investment from western countries will […]

Second economic zone planned for 2016

A second central economic zone project (the Mindhamma project) will be implemented in Yangon in 2016, according to Yangon City Development Committee. Experts pointed out that the central economic zone should be separated from the city due to the population density and traffic jams in Yangon. The project will be built on a 37-acre site […]

Govt Questioned on Tourism Figures

Once again, the government has claimed Burma is on track to meet its tourist arrival figures for the year. Once again, the government stands accused of inflating the figures. Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung told a Saturday meeting with tourism industry leaders that despite concerns over political change in Burma, the number of tourists who […]

1,240 hotels get licences

A total of 1,240 hotels and guesthouses have been licensed nationwide and 32 of them are implemented with foreign investment, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Most of the hotels in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kawthoung, Tachileik and Myeik are being developed with foreign investment. Yangon has 317 licensed hotels and Mandalay has 375, […]

Change barrels into Yangon

Every day Mr “Cassim” Khin Maung sits on the tiny balcony of the crumbling house, observing the choked street below – and fretting that his two sons may lose their sidewalk stall selling customised rubber stamps. For this city, and for him, change is nothing new. Yet around the still fit and lean 86-year-old, Yangon […]

Companies vie to cash in on Burma’s tourist boom

Burma wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number five million this year. Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung called tourism one of Burma’s fastest-growing industries, with the growth rate tripling since the country opened its doors to foreign investors in 2011. Burmese […]