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Chinese businesses moving into Bagan

Chinese nationals are starting businesses in Bagan, buying or renting hotels and restaurants, since early this year, according to local tourism and restaurant businesses. The proposal to list Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was submitted in 2018, could be one of the reasons for the interest, according to the businesses. Chinese nationals […]

Mandalay moves closer to e-government with data centre

The Mandalay regional government has launched a data centre as part of its efforts to implement an e-government system. “With this system, people will be able to observe the government’s performance and access government services more easily and quickly,” said Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung during the launch of the centre last Thursday. […]

Balloons Over Bagan soars to new state in Myanmar

Balloons Over Bagan, under Myanmar-based Memories Group, has launched a new hot-air balloon flight in Kayah State. Hot-air balloon rides in Loikaw take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight. Air time lasts one to two hours, and balloons will reach a maximum […]

Get All Myanmar aims high for rapid growth to expand overseas

WITH online to offline (O2O) platforms on the rise across Asia, Get All Myanmar Co, a locally owned enterprise that began commercial operations in February this year, is confident that it will be able to expand overseas in a few years, according to Nyein Chan Soe Win, the firm’s co-founder and chief executive. “We have […]

From boom to bust for Bagan hotels

The humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine and jailing of two Reuters journalists have hit hospitality businesses in Bagan hard, industry players admitted. But the problem goes beyond these two factors, they said. The government’s lack of law enforcement and absence of infrastructure support have throttled hotels and tourism. On a recent visit, a herd of […]

Bagan to start using e-ticket entrance fee system Monday

The government will begin collecting entrance fees to the ancient Bagan heritage zone using an e-ticket system starting on Monday, according to the Bagan Archaeology and National Museum Department. The new system is being installed by Shin Than Thu Co Ltd, a public company that won the tender earlier this month, U Aung Aung Kyaw, […]

Shady Bagan Projects Reported to Anti-Corruption Commission

MANDALAY – Locals of Bagan, the archaeological zone in central Myanmar, said they have filed a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar and requested an investigation into development and conservation projects that were done in their area. Save Bagan, a local activist group focusing on the conservation of heritage and environmental protection, told The […]

Unable to break protectionist curse, FMI bites the dust

FMI Air became the third domestic airline to throw in the towel on July 20, after more than five years in operation. Amid the winding up of joint venture proposals and local firms, this is the latest alarm that businesses are running out of patience with the government’s rigid protectionism in the aviation industry. “Operating […]

Number of days for tourist visits to Bagan cut

The number of days that tourists can spend in Bagan’s ancient cultural zone has been reduced from five to three starting this month, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director general of the Department of Archaeology and National Museums, on Sunday. “We feel the new number of the days is enough for a trip. Three days […]

Myanmar VP calls for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers

YANGON, June 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers to the country, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. Addressing the opening of the the Myanmar Tourism Conference in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, U Henry Van Thio urged for targeting Eastern countries of China, Japan, […]