Visa Bullish on Nationwide Growth in Myanmar

​​ S ONLY 0.5 per cent of the population has access to electronic payments so far, Visa Inc, the global payments firm, sees a lot of room for improvement in Myanmar. Arturo Planell, Visa country manager for Myanmar, said at a press conference last week that the number of Visa cards in the country had […]

Inle Lake, the most visited spot in Myanmar

Nyaungshwe, the principal town in the Inle Lake area, tops the list of most popular international travel destinations in Myanmar, followed by Bagan- NyaungU, which hosts about 300 foreign visitors per day. Approximately 600 foreigntourists enter Nyaungshwe daily to visit Inle Lake, the popular inland freshwater lake. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has put […]

Residents Fear Restart of Coal Power Plant

A coal-fired power plant in southern Shan State that was shut down two years ago due to residents’ complaints may be reopening, despite the opposition of the local community, villagers say. They are already accusing local officials of breaking their promises. Test operations at the plant, in Tigyit village, Pinlaung township, were carried out on […]

Pacific World expands footprint into Myanmar

MYANMAR’s emerging MICE sector and improving infrastructure have caught the attention of global DMC and event management company Pacific World, which has announced its expansion into the country through a partnership with Yangon-based inbound tour operator Myanmar Polestar. Selina Chavry, global managing director for Pacific World, commented: “Myanmar has been working to position itself as […]

Singapore travel agents elated as Myanmar

AGENTS in Singapore are sanguine about the prospects visa exemption between Singapore and Myanmar can bring. Most noteworthy is the avoidance of cumbersome visa application procedures which can take up to half a day to complete, according to Magdeline Yeo, ticketing manager at Stamford Travel. She said: “This is good news. The current process is […]

Chinese firm to restart Myanmar’s only coal plant

China’s Wuxi Huagaung Electric Power Engineering is upgrading the entire Tigyit plant in southern Shan State near to the famous Inle Lake, which has been out of use for several years. Local authorities held a public meeting in a village near to the site on April 24 to explain the company’s environmental and social impact […]

AccorHotels plans six new properties in Myanmar

French group AccorHotels is planning to build six new properties in Myanmar by 2019 – in Yangon, Mandalay and Shan State’s Muse and Inle Lake . This would take its Myanmar portfolio to nine hotels, demonstrating considerable confidence in the future of the country’s nascent tourism industry. The Ministry of Tourism targets 6 million international visitors to […]

Yangon’s friendly shark and his secrets to cuisine success

For 16 years, Sharky’s has satisfied Yangonite’s cravings for delectable cheeses, breads, gelato and cured meats, to name but a few of its luxurious offerings. During the decades Myanmar spent as an isolated, pariah state under international sanctions, such items would have been virtually unobtainable. However few would have complained: Myanmar’s population happily consumes more […]

Myanmar sees record arrivals in 2015

MYANMAR attracted a record 4.2 million visitors in 2015, with at least 800,000 entering the country by air and ship, and over 2.2 million through border checkpoints, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. In Yangon alone, over 1 million arrivals were recorded, a 13.1 per cent increase from 2014. About 815,949 of the […]

Yangon known for its secondhand book stalls as well as golden pagodas

MENTIONING elephants is a big mistake. It’s how, on a trip to Myanmar, I come to be known as the Elephant Man. It all begins late one afternoon in Yangon, the delightfully decrepit capital of a former hermit nation that’s opened up to the outside world and on its way to becoming South East Asia’s […]