Memories Group acquires two Myanmar hotels, island development rights for US$40.7m

MYANMAR-based tourism firm Memories Group, in its first earnings report since its Catalist debut in January, posted on Wednesday a net loss of US$1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, widening from US$698,000 in the year-ago period. A spin-off of mainboard-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings’ tourism-related businesses, the company also announced it had acquired […]

Myanmar has 1,666 licensed hotels with over 66,900 rooms

The whole country had 1,666 licensed hotels with 66,913 rooms up to June this year, and the number of hotels has increased by over 510 over the past three years, according to figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Yangon city has the largest number with 399 hotels (20,845 rooms), followed by Mandalay […]

Massive Yangon City Expansion Renders Naypyitaw Pointless

Myanmar’s business capital of Yangon will see a massive expansion to accommodate its growing population and make the city more business-friendly and livable, the regional government said. This will make custom-built capital Naypyitaw, located 367 kilometers in the north in the middle of nowhere, an even more pointless city, observers noted. The New Yangon City […]

Infrastructure, safety standards needed for LPG industry to take off

The government is now more than half way through its term and time is running out for it to make good on its promise to double Myanmar’s supply of electricity within the next two years. But the government is not without backup plans to help it achieve its goals, one of which is replacing the […]

IRD will reward those who lodge complaints on businesses that fail to pay tax

The government is raising its efforts to collect taxes from commercial enterprises. Last week, the Internal Revenue Department said it will reward those who provide information on establishments that fail to collect commercial taxes, according to state media. Under the law, consumers who buy goods and services in Myanmar are liable to pay commercial taxes. […]

Government strengthens aim of distributing LPG to a million households by 2020

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is aiming to supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to one million households by 2020, U Win Khine, Minister of the MOEE said at a meeting with companies involved in the import, storage, distribution and marketing of LPG last week. LPG can replace the use of electricity as a […]

Home-stay tourism expected to take off when law approved

The home-stay programme in the countryside will become a reality once the new tourism law which is being discussed in a Pyithu Hluttaw committee is approved. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has been trying to amend the Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Law enacted in 1993. According to the law, the ministry only issues four […]

Yangon to tighten enforcement on tax stickers

The government will take action against those popular restaurants which do not affix commercial tax stamps properly,Yangon Region Minister for Planning and Finance U Myint Thaung said on February 20 at the regional legislature. Some retail stores, department stores and restaurants charge a 5 percent consumer tax fom customers. But nobody knows whether the 5 […]

M-development Corp signs Chanmyashwepyay project in Mandalay

M-development Corporation (Myanmar) Co has signed a Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) to upgrade the Chanmyashwepyay (Kywesekan) Bus Terminal over a period of 50 years, at K3 billion per year. The terminal will be upgraded in accordance with international standards and built to function like an airport. Targeted […]