How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]

Tachilek on an e-Visa

Chiang Rai, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller. A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers. […]

Thai AirAsia adds Mandalay flight

Thai AirAsia (TAA) is to introduce a second daily flight from Bangkok to Mandalay to meet stronger demand. The additional service will commence on March 17, expanding the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) footprint in the emerging travel market. Santisuk Klongchaiya, commercial director for TAA, said the airline’s services to Myanmar have grown in popularity as Thais […]

Myanmar moves ahead on airport

YANGON, 30 December 2016: Myanmar’s vice president, U Henry Van Thio, has called for a show of transparency to ensure the Hanthawaddy International Airport project becomes a showcase for the country’s tourism development. Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the vice president saying the airport, once completed will become a major gateway for international airlines. […]

Reconditioned fuel bowsers not allowed to be imported starting from November

Reconditioned fuel bowsers will no longer be permitted to be imported beginning in November because of their weakness in security and capacity, which could trigger the outbreak of fire and other hazards, said an official from the Ministry of Commerce. “The commerce ministry will not allow. The import of the reconditioned fuel bowsers to ensure […]

Real Estate Market Revives Over New Bago Airport Project

Real estate market has revived in Bago region as a new international airport project was to be signed, according to an official report. The Bago real estate market went cold during 2015 but the prospective signing of an agreement between the government and the airport contractors has caused the price of land in the region […]

Asia Frontier Capital Research Trip To Yangon In Myanmar

My last trip to Yangon was a little over two years ago. When arriving at the airport nothing has changed since then – just the immigration staff became more efficient – or maybe their computers are newer and thus faster? Last time it took the staff over 5 minutes to handle one person and fortunately […]

KOICA signs for Dala and Bago master plans

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has signed with the Ministry of Construction for several ambitious projects – including master plans for the north and south of Yangon and designing a national road network. The South Korean government’s grant aid arm recently signed with the minister to prepare two regional development plans, said chief Myanmar representative […]

$2 Million Allotted for Domestic Airport Upgrades

The government has allotted K2.14 billion ($1.93 million) to upgrade several airports over the course of this fiscal year 2015-16, the Ministry of Transportation announced. The development of domestic airports in Myitkyina, Putao, Bamaw and Naungmon in Kachin state will be prioritised. Last fiscal year, Myitkyina and Putao airports were upgraded with K600 million ($542,000) […]

Singapore Windsor Inks Airport Retail Deal with DFS

Singapore Windsor Holdings Limited announced that it has secured an exclusive 10-year supply and merchandising deal with DFS, a Hong Kong-based luxury travel retailer. According to the agreement, in addition to a duty-free store at Naypyitaw International Airport, the group will open additional duty-free outlets at the existing departure and arrival terminal of Yangon International […]