Thahara Announces Entry into the Myanmar Online Travel Agency Market

YANGON, Myanmar, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Thahara, Myanmar’s pioneer in offering unique hotel and travel experiences, today announced its entry into Myanmar’s online travel agency market. The new Thahara arm is the first specialized boutique hotel online travel platform to solely focus on Myanmar. The Thahara platform is marketing a handpicked range of some […]

Mogok residents hope to reclaim ruby trade

Mogok residents want one thing from the incoming government: the right to take back their rubies. Gem traders living and working in the Mandalay Region township, famed for the quality of its rubies, say most local mines are run by outsiders. Now they want the incoming National League for Democracy government to grant more operating […]

Mogok residents to receive ruby mining licences

Long-term residents of Myanmar’s ruby mining centre will be offered licences to mine for the precious stones, according to the Mandalay Region minister for forestry and mining, U Than Soe Myint. In order to help increase job opportunities and reduce poverty in the area, households that have been in Mogok for more than 20 years […]

Mines Buried in Paperwork

declaration has been made to gem mining companies in Mogok, warning them to re-register their companies, according to the Myanmar Gem Mining Permission Inspection and Supervisory Committee. There are 150 companies which require permit extensions, the majority of which are locally-owned. These companies which began operating in the past three years were required to re-register […]

Gold Demand ‘Remains High’

Purchasing gold has long been a way for Myanmar people to accrue secure savings, particularly in the absence of an efficient banking system. Today the gold market remains steady in a country with still-limited access to financial services. U Kyaw Win is the secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, senior vice president of the […]

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 […]

Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Eye Myanmar Gem

The joint secretary of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) U Myo Thant says there is growing interest from Vietnamese entrepreneurs in the Myanmar gem industry. Vietnamese businessmen came to the Myanmar Gems Emporium held from May 26 to June 7 to seek investment opportunities in the sector. “Vietnam will […]

Mandalay ruby miners may get land-grant

</a Local miners in Mandalay Division’s ‘Ruby Land’ town of Mogok may soon get access to more gems. The Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association plans to allocate small-scale mining plots to locals to promote gem trade in the area. “We are looking to allocate more small-scale plots for local miners”, said Tun Hla Aung, […]

Myanmar’s once restricted sites attract foreign tourists

Myanmar’s once-restricted tourist sites are becoming places of interest among the foreign visitors, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Many famous sites such as Mogok city in Mandalay Region and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine State were once barred to foreign visitors. Although many are now open, some still require special permits. “In Rakhine, […]

Gubelin Gem Lab eyes ‘Ruby Land’

Gubelin Gem Lab, a Swiss company that has a regional office in Hong Kong, sent foreign gemologists to Mogok, known as “Ruby Land”, in early July to test gemstones in the area, which has previously been off-limits to foreigners. “After the government allowed foreigners into Mogok in April we received permission for our technicians to […]