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Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

Arrival and departure cards cancelled

Visitors will no longer need to fill in the Arrival and Departure cards at the Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. The measure will start September 12, according to the statement made by the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population. The cancellation is an effort to promote tourism and draw more foreigners to […]

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 […]

Migrant worker agencies to be graded on adherence to labour standards

A committee will be formed to prevent abuses by and protect migrant workers against unscrupulous overseas employment agencies, according to the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. Committee members will include a representative from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, an anti-trafficking police officer, a legal expert, a labour expert, a representative from overseas employment […]

Garment manufacturing: How to navigate Myanmar’s ethical maze

As it undergoes profound and rapid change, Myanmar is today emerging as one of Asia’s most sought-after hubs for fashion sourcing. The country’s opening-up to the global economy has come after decades of military rule, during which a long period of isolation and internal conflict was followed by an era of gradual disengagement from politics […]

Two countries, one destinations” campaign to be established for Bagan and Siem Reap

Myanmar’s Ministry of Tourism is pushing forward with the implementation of a “two countries, one destination” campaign that hinges on establishing direct flights between the historic cities of Bagan and Siem Reap. The campaign’s single-visa programme would allow tourists holding either a Myanmar or Cambodia visa to travel directly between the two countries without the […]

Myanmar CMP garment exports to touch $2.2bn in 2017

Cutting, making and packaging (CMP) garment exports from Myanmar are likely to fetch around $2.2 billion this year, as local companies have bagged more number of orders from the EU and Japan, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. Apparel orders from the EU have especially increased after reinstatement of GSP rights by the EU. In […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Draft foreigner laws worry experts, expats

Two draft laws concerning foreigners are sending shockwaves through the expat community and could undermine the government’s stated priorities in attracting responsible foreign investment and promoting a human rights agenda, lawyers and business experts say. Both the draft Law Concerning Foreigners and the Foreign Worker Law are pegged as priorities for the next Pyidaungsu Hluttaw […]

Levels of overseas recruitment service agencies to be released every six months

The levels of the overseas recruitment service agencies adhering to the Codes of Conduct will be released once every six months by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. There are currently 94 overseas employment service agencies which have signed an agreement for the Code of Conduct. Code Compliance Monitoring Committee (CCMC) to check where […]