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Hotel expansion continues in Yangon

More hotels are on the way in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, despite a sluggish tourism performance over the last two years due to the on-going Rohingya crisis. Developers at the luxury end of the market appear undeterred by the drop in European tourists believing business and luxury travel segments will continue to grow. But tour […]

Myanmar turns attention to Asian travellers as European markets decline

With Asian markets dominating in the face of declining European arrivals, Myanmar tourism players are shifting their focus to intra-regional travellers. The Asian market accounted for 70 per cent of international arrivals to Myanmar in 2017. Growth in the market is led by Vietnamese visitors, with a 75 per cent year-on-year increase at Yangon International […]

Emerging markets hold hope for smartphone shipment growth

Global smartphone shipments continued to weaken in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to analysts. Canalys says shipments were down 3.4%, continuing the trend from a decline of 3% in Q4 2017. Worldwide sales of smartphones recorded their first decline since 2004, in Q4 of 2017, says Gartner. Global sales of smartphones to end-users […]

Grab makes takeover bid for Uber’s Southeast Asia operations, including Vietnam: reports

Uber has been unable to turn a profit in Asian markets, making it a prime target for rivals. Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has been in talks with rival Uber to acquire its regional operations in a bid to tighten its grip on the rapidly growing shared transportation sector, Kr-Asia quoted people familiar with the […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Regions and States Seek Permission to Operate Casinos

FIVE regional and state chief ministers have sought permission to operate casinos in hotels in their respective territories during a meeting with Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw in last month, according to U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Shan, Kayin and Mon discussed […]

Blockchain startup Everex secures seed funding and seeks more in token sale

Singaporean fintech startup Everex has just raised US$500,000 in seed funding from Chinese industrial conglomerate Holley Group. It hopes to add a substantial sum to that figure from its token sale, which kicks off today. Everex has developed an Ethereum blockchain-based online payments suite, which comprises cash transfer and micro-lending services, as well as an […]

Japanese Company Readies Nursing-Care Expansion Into Myanmar

​​ TOKYO — Japan’s Gakken Holdings will begin operating nursing-care facilities in Myanmar, continuing the company’s expansion into Asian markets where demand is expected to grow as the population ages. Subsidiary Gakken Cocofump, which handles the education company’s nursing operations, will open an adult day-care center in April run by local joint venture Gakken Ace Education. The […]

Telenor on a building spree in Myanmar

The Norwegian-linked company Telenor wants to make sure that affordable mobile communication services reach all levels of Myanmar society, and not only targeting the high-income earners. CEO of the company, Lars Erik Tellmann, says that they plan on doing so by adopting the same sales and distribution model that was implemented in several other Asian countries. “Telenor is committed […]

Brazil sugar flows to Myanmar seen rising as Indian exports abate

Brazilian low quality white sugar flows are expected to increase to Myanmar, believed to be a gateway for sugar smuggled into China, as Indian sweetener exports fall. Surging domestic sugar prices in India mean that Indian mills will increasingly spurn the export market, traders say. Availability of Thai sugar is also thin due to hefty […]