Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in […]

Short-term and long-term land grants issued to applicants with no record of land disputes

ONLY applicants who have never been involved in land disputes have been granted leases of land for 10 years or 30 years in accordance with Upper Myanmar Land and Tax regulations and Lower Myanmar Town and Villages regulations, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Respective district commissioners have […]

Urban development plan being formulated for Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Myawady

A PLAN to improve urban system in Mawlamyine, Hpa-an and Myawady is being formulated by the government with US$80 million loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The four-year project will be implemented next year by the Ministry of Construction, focusing on installation of urban facilities in those central towns, which plays an important role […]

CHDB to announce plan to sell low-cost apartments

The Construction and Housing Development Bank has announced that it will release new policies for selling low-cost apartments to depositors who can pay 30 per cent of the total value in an initial instalment. Win Zaw, the managing director of the CHDB, said: “People can save their money at the CHDB. They will have a […]

Firm to bring big screens to small towns

Movie-loving Myanmar is suffering from a dearth of cinemas, which local firm MAZE is hoping to remedy. The company is kicking off a K20 billion two-year project to build 100 theatres across different states and regions. There were more than 400 cinemas nationwide in the early 1980s, but by the 2010s this had dropped to […]

Barriers to Bagan flights for Thai firm

Bangkok Airways is exploring adding Bagan and Myeik to its list of Myanmar destinations. But the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says there are no immediate plans to open up more airports to Thai firms, a move that would likely anger local airlines. The Thai carrier is conducting a feasibility study into establishing routes from Chiang Mai […]

Three Pagodas Pass upgrade sought

The head of the Immigration Bureau will propose that the government upgrade the Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi from a temporary border crossing to a permanent one to facilitate rapidly growing tourism and trade with Myanmar. Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn made the comment during a visit to the border pass in Sangkhla Buri district […]

New Industrial Zone in Mon State to open this month

The Kyauktan Industrial Zone Implementation Committee has announced that the Kyauktan Industrial Zone, located in Mon State, will officially be opened on 26 March. Basic industrial zone infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and electricity supply have recently been completed after a construction period of two years. “Implementation of the industrial zone is now about 90 […]

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 […]

Rubber industry to be stamped with new law

A new law is being drafted to promote Myanmar’s rubber sector, as the commodity’s international value plummets and a number of plantations across the country are forced out of business. The law is being drawn up under Myanmar’s National Export Strategy, said U Khine Myint, secretary of the Myanmar Rubber Planting and Producing Association (MRPPA). […]