China’s 9 Air spreads its wings in Mandalay

One of China’s most popular airlines, 9 Air, began a Guangzhou-Mandalay route last week, boosting the country’s sagging tourism industry amid increasing interest in the jade market. From October 2, the airline started direct flights between the two cities three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to Ji Guangping, chief of 9 […]

Cross-border trade slows due to renminbi fluctuations

Fluctuations in the value of the renminbi are having an adverse effect on China-Myanmar cross-border trade traders in Muse have told The Myanmar Times. China’s renminbi is the currency of choice for trade in the border region and a 10 percent drop in value is enough to cause businesses to lose money on deals, say […]

MYSQUAR agrees to sell advertising on WeChat in Myanmar

MySQUAR, the Myanmar-language social media, entertainment and payments platform whose principal activity is to design, develop and commercialise Myanmar-focused internet-based mobile applications, is pleased to announce it has entered into a non-exclusive agreement to sell and promote WeChat advertising products and services in Myanmar (“WeChat Agreement”). The WeChat Agreement relates to advertisements from Myanmar based […]

ICBC Center inaugurated in Myanmar’s Yangon

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Yangon branch, the first Chinese commercial bank operating in Myanmar, has inaugurated its new center in Myanmar’s Yangon. At the opening ceremony on Friday, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang hoped the ICBC Yangon branch to become one of the most powerful and efficient foreign banks in Myanmar and […]

Can the regional government manage both old and new Yangon?

The Yangon region government has come under flak since March, when it announced the launch of a new Yangon City project at the west bank of Yangon River. If and when the first phase of the US$5 billion development is complete, it will include five village townships, two bridges, 26km of artery roads, 10 sq […]

Fixing the tourism industry

The govt wants to lure tourists back to Myanmar. Will its efforts work? The Myanmar tourism industry has suffered from a big drop in tourists due to the unfolding refugee crisis in northern Rakhine. With the number of visitors from the US and Europe declining sharply over the past year, some tour companies and hoteliers […]

Myanmar Suspends a Show Money Policy for Certain Visitors

A notice was released August 1, suspending the policy requiring that Japanese, Korean and Chinese tourists are to show $1,000 as a proof of funds. This change in policy came after the Ministry of Hotel, and Tourism faced opposition. Even coming from the tourism sector itself. The order was released on July 20, granting a […]

Chinese, Japanese, S. Koreans to Get Visas on Arrival from October

YANGON—Amid declining tourists numbers during the first half of the year, the government on Tuesday announced a plan to ease visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese citizens effective Oct. 1. According to the Hotel and Tourism Ministry, citizens of Japan, South Korea and China will be able to request visas on arrival at […]

Myanmar grants free visa allowances to Asian visitors

Myanmar will grant free visa allowances to Chinese, South Korean and Japanese nationals from August 1 onwards in a bid to promote eco-tourism, according to U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotel and Tourism, during an economic seminar organised last week by the Thai embassy in Yangon and the Thai Business Association in Myanmar. The developments […]

Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

The Yangon Regional Government is drawing up a master plan with the aid of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Korea International Cooperation Agency to transform Yangon into an economic hub with job and business opportunities for residents and investors, according to a report on the government’s performance by state-owned media yesterday. Topping the list […]