HK carrier working to resolve ‘issues’ at Mandalay airport

Budget airline HK Express will review restarting flights to Mandalay after resolving issues that local aviation officials said concerned fuel quality. But the firm that supplies the country’s airports said there are no doubts about the standard of fuel it provides. The Hong Kong carrier began flights to Yangon and Mandalay in the first week […]

Tourism ministry to cut admin charges in half to spur growth

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is cutting administrative charges it levies on operators of tourism-related business in half, in order to promote more foreign investment into the sector and more foreign visitors to Myanmar. A list of updated administrative costs will be released on October 1, affecting operators of hotels and guest houses, tour […]

Myanmar’s Bagan set to make World Heritage list after quake

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan is “very likely” to be listed as a World Heritage site, a Unesco official said Monday (Sept 26), promising a boon to a tourist attraction battered by a recent earthquake. Bagan is home to more than 2,000 ancient Buddhist monuments that are among Myanmar’s most venerated religious […]

Experts urge to check high-rise buildings for quake resistance

High-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay are needed to be checked for quake resistance as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line, said Myanmar Earthquake Committee. “I think people who live in the quake zone need to be alert aganist possible quake,” said Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of the committee at a […]

MIC permitted eight enterprises including four garment enterprises

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) granted permission to eight enterprises including four garment enterprises, according to an announcement released by MIC. These permitted enterprises include manufacturing of garments under Cut-Make-Pack (CMP) system, manufacturing and marketing the corns, prawns and assorted snacks, sterilized, sweetened and condensed Milk, corrugated carton box and beautification corrugated carton box and cement, […]

Local guitar makers struggle to compete with imported brands

GUITAR manufacturers in Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon are struggling to compete with  imported brands from China, according to local entrepreneurs. The quality of guitars produced locally is better than the imported ones, but are more expensive, merchants said. The price of a guitar made in Myanmar has steadily increased due to a higher labour wages. […]

Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in […]

Ministry gets tough on licences for foreign guests

Guesthouse owners have criticised a government decision they say will stop them taking in foreign tourists. Under the law, owners who let rooms to foreign guests without a licence could be jailed for three years. U Myint Htwe, director of the tourism ministry, told The Myanmar Times that the law would be applied to guesthouse owners even if […]

New hotel construction prohibited in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Kalaw

Construction of new hotels has been halted in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Kalaw due to the burgeoning number of rooms at hotels, motels and guest houses that far outnumber the demand from tourists, it is learnt from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. According to ministry statistics, 46 per cent of the rooms […]

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) will lead a six-day business mission to Myanmar from Monday (Sept 12), the first since President Htin Kyaw took office in March. Led by SBF chairman S S Teo, 45 delegates from sectors including property, legal, accountancy, education, publishing, shipping and logistics, construction, civil engineering will visit the […]