Death of rental book stores as readers switch to smartphones

Rental book shops may be losing the battle for young customers to the pull of social media, online gaming and the vast expanse of the internet. Stores that rent out comic books and other wares say they are seeing their customers distracted by a more high-tech pastime: surfing the web on smartphones. Children used to […]

Myeik Tourism Expands to Two New Islands

To develop local tourism businesses 14 islands from the Myeik Archipelago have been proposed and two islands from the list have been confirmed as eligible to start tourism businesses, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Currently, tourism businesses are operating on Thahtay Kyun, Sagaing Inwa island and Myanmar Andaman island of Myeik Archipelago, […]

Yangon travel app hits Android

Yangon travel application meant to spotlight the city’s heritage and push wanderers off the beaten path is coming to Android. Hong Kong-based social enterprise Urban Discovery has had a Yangon-focused iDiscovery city walk application available on iOS since November 2014. Starting in 2013, the company began offering application-based tours across a handful of different locations […]

Artefacts Uncovered in Bagan Hotel Zone

Archaeological artefacts have reportedly been found in the construction project areas in the Bagan hotel zone, according to U Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism. The artefacts were found while inspecting the project site of Sandar Hotel Company, which received the permission to construct a hotel in the Bagan Hotel Zone 2. U Htay […]

Booming Myanmar seeks investors for its hotel and tourism industry

Tourists and business people flooding into Myanmar since the country opened to the world just a few years ago make considerable investments into tourism and hospital infrastructure necessary, the audience of the third annual Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference held in the country’s capital Naypyitaw on June 9 was told. The event, which was well […]

Ministry scrambles after leaking offshore bidding news

The Ministry of Energy called an emergency meeting yesterday after an unnamed official told state newspaper Myanma Alinn that bidding rounds for oil and gas blocks would be announced next year. “In 2016, we will announce bidding rounds for 26 oil and gas blocks including onshore and offshore. The future bidding rounds are aiming to […]

Ministry to Tap MICE Tourism Through New Website

In an attempt to grow tourism to Naypyitaw, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will launch a promotional website, an official from the ministry told Myanmar Business Today. The website, being developed by local IT firm, will promote the attractions of Myanmar’s new capital, especially promoting the city as a centre for MICE (Meeting, […]

Government, hotels pressure local officials over sand mining

The government, hoteliers and civil society are stepping up the pressure on Thandwe authorities to curb rampant sand mining at Myanmar’s premier beach destination, Ngapali. Tourism sources close to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism say President U Thein Sein is aware of the issue, and has ordered action to be taken against companies that […]

‘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 […]