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Protecting livelihoods and nature on Inle Lake

The fear that haunts Ko Than Htoo, who is the main breadwinner for his five-member family, is that Inle Lake will one day dry up. He has been a boatman for over 25 years. Only two years ago he had to leave nearby Pekon Lake after the water level went down to the point of […]

Centara Hotels celebrates Myanmar entry

Centara Hotels and Resorts is set to expand into Myanmar through a hotel management agreement with KMA Group, a subsidiary of Kaung Myanmar Aung Group of Companies, to operate Centara KMA Resort Inle Lake. The 95-room hotel is located on the shores of Inle Lake, one of the key landmarks of central Myanmar. It is […]

Inle Lake Hotel Proposal Denied

In response to opposition from locals, the President’s Office has agreed not to proceed with an Inle Lake hotel project proposed by the son of former dictator Than Shwe. Last September, the President’s Office received a petition signed by more than 4,000 lakeside residents opposing plans by the Myanmar Naing Group, owned by U Tun […]

Shan State Lawmakers to Discuss Draft Inle Lake Conservation Law

YANGON—The Shan State Parliament will soon discuss a draft law that will allow the participation of local residents in the conservation of Inle Lake, one of the most prominent landmarks in Shan State. The draft law proposes the formation of a lake governing body that will include four representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and […]

A Lotus Fabric Business Takes Root on Inle Lake

When Ko Myint Thein Htun went into the family cotton weaving and clothing retail business from the shores of Shan State’s Inle Lake, he did not think he would be doing the same thing some two decades on and helping his village develop along the way. By using some of the same cotton and silk […]

Ride on: Horse club wins tourism award

An enterprising woman turns a life-long passion for horses into an award-winning business on the shore of Inle Lake. By SHA MIAO | FRONTIER DAW SWE SWE LWIN, 32, has always been passionate about horses; when she was growing up in Zigon in Bago Region, her father was a horse-cart driver and the family had […]

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 […]

Aik Htun: Driver turned Tycoon

For the owner of a business of any size, integrity is key. This is the principle that has brought U Aik Htun, one of the richest businessmen in Myanmar, through ups and downs. “The biggest secret of success is honesty and integrity,” said U Aik Htun, chair of conglomerate Shwe Taung Group, speaking in fluent […]

Residents, Some Lawmakers Oppose Hotel on Former Wildlife Area Near Inle Lake

Lawmakers of Nyaung Shwe Township, southern Shan State, have joined local residents in objecting to the proposed construction of a hotel on 90 acres of prime land in a village in the Inle Lake area. The Inle hotel zone already occupies more than 620 acres of land, and residents and lawmakers urged that there should […]

Nyaungshwe MPs reject proposal to construct hotel on floating island

TAUNGGYI- Four MPs including Inn Ethnic Affairs Minister Dr Tun Hlaing rejected a proposal to build hotel on the 90 acres wide of natural floating island belonging to the Department of Forestry in Mongthauk region, Nyaungshwe Township, Southern Shan State. The proposal was submitted by Myanmar Naing Groups. “We, all MPs from Nyaungshwe Township, denied […]