Reopen domestic tourism, support local employees, Mandalay businesses urge

Myanmar should look to reopening tourist destinations to boost the domestic market in the absence of foreign travellers for the rest of this year, Mandalay’s top business body says.Mandalay, the economic powerhouse of northern Myanmar, undertook lockdown measures earlier this year to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Those restrictions, as well as disruptions to […]

Gemstone centre in Mandalay to stay closed

The gemstone trading centre in Mandalay will stay closed until the end of the month, even as the number of COVID-19 cases remains low in the region. U Myo Myint Naing, secretary of the Mahar Aung Myay Gemstone Trading Centre executive committee, said that despite the management’s efforts to comply with COVID-19 regulations, it had […]

Mandalay farmers lack pesticide safety knowledge

Most farmers in Mandalay Region do not know how to safely use pesticides and are unaware of the health and environmental dangers they pose, according to a study by a private research group.U Than Myat Soe, chief executive officer of the Kanaung Institute, said that although most farmers in the region use pesticides, most know […]

Mandalay property sales spike due to low rates, strong currency

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, pockets of demand have been emerging in the Mandalay real estate sector, said U Tin Maung, chair of the Myanmar Real Property Development Association. He said sales of properties priced at around K100 million-K300 million to Chinese nationals have risen in the wake of the pandemic as a result of lower […]

Taunggyi COVID-19 lab to start testing in July, Mandalay constructs new virus testing lab

A COVID-19 laboratory in Taunggyi, Shan State, will be ready for testing in the first week of July, while a new Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is underway for construction in Mandalay. “We expect to start the first lab test for COVID-19 in Taunggyi in early July, but for Lashio,” said Dr Thuzar Chit, deputy director […]

Mandalay allows reopening of gyms, training centres, gem market

Authorities in Mandalay have allowed the reopening of gyms and fitness training classes provided they follow the health ministry’s guidelines. Public gatherings will not be allowed but gyms and some training classes will be allowed to reopen, said U Sai Pan Sai, Mandalay Region Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister. “Parks, futsal grounds, skating grounds, fitness centres […]

Nearly 70 per cent of hotels in Mandalay set to reopen

Nearly 70 per cent out of over 400 hotels in Mandalay region will reopen upon completion of the inspection process, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism Department in Mandalay region. To be able to reopen the hotels recognized by the department in the Mandalay region, authorities are inspecting the hotels whether they follow […]

Mandalay gems market to reopen on June 6

Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay gems trading centre will reopen on June 6 as the country’s second most populous region begins to restart its economy after two months of following strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. U Myo Myint Naing, secretary of the centre’s management committee, said they would follow Health and Sports Ministry […]

Mandalay highway buses to resume on June 1, but rules apply

Express buses operating from five terminals in Mandalay which follow the health ministry’s guidelines have been allowed to operate bus lines to other regions and states starting June 1, according to the Mandalay Region Bus Line Supervisory Committee (Highway). The buses won’t get permission to resume operations if they don’t prepare in accordance with health […]

‘It’s totally outrageous’: Investors urge review of solar tender

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a tender for 1,060 megawatts of on-grid solar power but given investors just a month to prepare bids at a time when they are unable to enter or travel around the country. By THOMAS KEAN | FRONTIER Investors and analysts have urged the government to extend the […]