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Myanmar tourism pins hopes on European comeback

The Myanmar trade is taking on a more positive outlook of the European market, as they believe that the plunge in Western visitor numbers to the country due to the international media coverage of the Rakhine conflict has bottomed out. May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing’s (MTM) chairperson is seeing signs of recovery from […]

Selling Rakhine to the World

In the wake of the 2017 Rohingya crisis and ongoing fighting between the military and Arakan Army, the Myanmar government is desperate to attract investors to Rakhine State in hopes that they will help reverse the fortunes of one of the country’s poorest regions. To that end, it invited more than 600 of them to […]

Rakhine ups efforts to draw investments, hopes for development

Rakhine State will target investments in tourism, fisheries and agriculture at an investment fair that will be held in February in Ngapali, southern Rakhine, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu told the media in Yangon yesterday. With the aim of drawing funds that will be channelled towards the development of the state, the three-day […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

International Consultant Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment. Closing Date: 18 July 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Country : MYANMAR Description of the assignment : Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment Period of assignment/services : 43 Working days Duty Station : Yangon and Sittwe (with possible domestic travel in Rakhine State and to Nay Pyi Taw) Type of Contract : International Consultant (Individual Contract) Proposal […]

Rakhine airport in Myanmar to be built by tender

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The Rakhine State government will invite tenders for the construction of an airport in Mrauk-U, State Planning and Finance Minister Kyaw Aye Thein said. He told the Myanmar Times that the decision to put the airport project out to tender was due to insufficient funds in the state’s […]

Rakhine commerce minister sees bright future for black bean exports

​​ The Rakhine State commerce minister is hoping around 10,000 tonnes of black gram beans will be exported to India from Sittwe this year, pending completion of the Kaladan Multi-Model Transit Transport Project. The Kaladan project will connect Mizoram in India to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, via the Kaladan River. The project was […]

Police raid Rakhine-to-Malaysia Smuggling Junket, Detain 22 Muslim Teens

Court proceedings and a manhunt have been launched after police disrupted a human smuggling pipeline from Rakhine State to Malaysia in two separate raids in Yangon this weekend. Nearly two dozen Muslim teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 were rounded up by police and detained. According to officials, the male teens being trafficked […]

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 […]