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Gov’t takes steps to decentralize tourism sector

To step up efforts for tourism development in Myanmar, the Union Government will form three committees that will steer the decentralization of tourism services in accordance with the new tourism law, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. He made the remarks in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Tourism Development Central Committee […]

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 […]

Draft law for foreigner-only casinos in Myanmar: report

A bill that would authorise in principle the setting up of foreigner-only casinos in the Southeast Asia state of Myanmar was submitted to the lower house of the country’s legislature on Tuesday, the Myanmar Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Gambling Bill 2018 is said to include amendments to an existing statute, the Gambling Act […]

Visa on arrival for Indians visiting Myanmar

Indians wishing to travel to Myanmar will soon be able to do so without applying for a visa beforehand. Starting August 8, the Myanmar government is set to provide visa on arrival facility, suspending the special land entry permission which was formerly required for visitors entering the country via land routes. The Myanmar government decided […]

Telenor gears up to offer a Myanmar record for data speeds

AS MOBILE data consumption in Myanmar soars to some of the highest levels in the world, Telenor Myanmar plans to offer its subscribers a record speed for the country of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps) in the near future, said Lars Erik Tellmann, the firm’s chief executive officer. Tellmann said at a press briefing on […]

Nay Pyi Taw Gem Emporium Kicks off, Lower Sales Expected

A total of 6,875 gems, including two jade lots worth €5.8 million, will be exhibited for sale at the 2017 year-end Myanma Gem Emporium which will be held from December 12 to 21 at Mani Yadana Gems Hall in Nay Pyi Taw. “The two jade lots have the highest floor price among all the gems,” […]

Soccer Diplomacy in Singapore’s ‘Little Burma’

SINGAPORE — A goal kick away from the Toa Payoh Stadium are reminders of the once-close ties between Myanmar and this Singapore neighborhood, home to the Burmese Buddhist Temple and streets named for the towns and rivers of the Golden Land. The arena hosts Balestier Khalsa Football Club, of Singapore’s professional soccer league, and sits […]

Taiwan’s ‘Little Burma’

A short five-minute walk from the Taipei metro terminal station of Nanshijiao lies Huaxin Street. It is here, nestled away in the concrete jungle that makes up Zhonghe District — one of the most densely populated parts of the planet — that Taiwan’s Burmese population has settled over the past several decades. The roughly 40,000 […]

Map App Offers Local Take to Travellers

With tourist season in full bloom, travellers have become an increasingly common sight around downtown Yangon – often with sunburned noses buried in city maps. But for those looking for more than the classic pictures of street names and must-see spots, a newly updated smartphone app called iDiscover CityWalks offers a community-centric alternative. The Hong […]

Macau seeks business opportunities in Myanmar

The Macau Myanmar Friendship Association (MMFA) organized a business trip to Yangon and Bagan with the expectation of developing trade relations with the country, TDM reported. MMFA perceives Myanmar’s new government as promoting a healthy environment for young companies from Macau that wish to expand their businesses to the country. The visit is seen as […]