Earthquake highlights need for rigorous protection of Bagan temples

BAGAN’s famed pagodas appear to be the greatest casualty in the tourism sector after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit near Chauk, a town 120km from Bagan. At least three people were killed and some 185 brick pagodas were damaged, the state newspaper […]

Flooding Inflates Construction Materials Prices

There has been a hike in prices of building materials as flood has disrupted supply and production, according to building materials traders. “As sand and gravel are acquired from rivers, there have been difficulties in production because of flood and that caused a rise in prices,” said Ko Than Aung, owner of Than Tun Aung […]

Hotel investment reaches US$2.7bn

Foreign investment in the hotel sector has reached US$2.7 billion, Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism, said at a cooperation signing ceremony between Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar and the Spain-based Melia Hotels International. “There are 47 hotels invested by foreign investors,” he said. Hotel investment is largely coming from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong […]

Hot air ballooning comes to Mrauk U, Ngapali Beach in Myanmar

ORIENTAL Ballooning Company is expanding into two new destinations this year, Mrauk U and Ngapali Beach, as business continues to be brisk with the continuous growth of tourist arrivals to Myanmar. Operations manager Ni Ni Khaing told TTG Asia e-Daily that hot air balloon flights will take off in Ngapali Beach and Rakhine state’s Mrauk […]

Mrauk U, Loikaw among new destinations in Myanmar

MYANMAR is witnessing the emergence of new tourism destinations as tour operators strive to cater to visitors looking for experiences beyond the Big Four of Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Khiri Travel, for example, will offer from October a new tour linking Bagan and Mrauk U. Located in the restive Rakhine State, Mrauk U […]

Govt attempts to restart railway project through Mrauk-U

The government plans to restart a stalled railway project that will pass through Mrauk-U, an ancient city in northern Arakan State, although authorities and locals are unable to agree on where exactly the railway will traverse. The project, which started in 2009, will travel 154 kilometres between Sittwe and Mrauk-U, but has stalled because of […]

Clashes occurred in Rakhine State cause decline in tourism industry

The communal violence that broke out in Rakhine State last year has taken its toll on the tourism industry as operators and businesses complained about their losses. “We can say that all of the tourism industry was affected because of the riots that erupted last year. Businesses relating to the use of motor boats prepared […]

Myanmar plans to invite foreign investments in Thandwe Hotel Zone Project

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Myanmar government is planning to invite foreign investments to invest in the Thandwe Hotel Zone Project in Rakhine State so as to make it a perfect tourism destination in the western part of Myanmar, said Aung Zaw Win, Director General at the Ministry […]

Ex-Google exec returns to his native Myanmar with big plans

Consult-Myanmar welcomes you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Myanmar-born former Google business operations and strategy manager Nay Aung has an ambitious goal: to make online activities, from payment to bookings to e-commerce, the norm in his hometown. Nay Aung, a graduate of Stanford University in California and the London School of […]