Hilton enjoys double digit growth in Myanmar since entry

HILTON WORLDWIDE has enjoyed double digit growth every year since it entered Myanmar three years ago, and expects stronger growth as it expands further, according to a senior executive. William Costley, vice president of operations for Southeast Asia and India, said in an exclusive interview the hospitality firm is doing really well in Myanmar in […]

Economic opportunities in Rakhine State

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has many rivers, lakes, ponds and is connected to the ocean. Good ports exist and as improvement to road links are being made, trade, local and foreign investments are increasing. The government is emphasizing on investment and trade in order to increase production in agriculture products as […]

Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

Myanmar’s four key beach destinations – Ngapali, Kawthaung, Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha – are emerging as up-and-coming tropical getaway spots in Asia, each with its own distinct characteristics. According to C9 Hotelworks’ new Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, the impact of more airlift to Ngapali’s main gateway of Thandwe last year pushed growth up 28 […]

Myanmar’s Eden Group sets its sights on affordable housing

Tokyo Eden Group, a Myanmar conglomerate whose businesses range from construction to agriculture and finance, is set to further expand its core construction business as the company looks to provide more residences in the fast-growing country, including affordable units outside cities. “Our country needs to develop so much infrastructure and real estate,” group chairman Chit […]

Cash is Still King in Myanmar But Visa Gains Ground

​​ American payment technology giant Visa saw double digit growth in transactions in Myanmar in the past year, bolstering its efforts to break into a country dominated by cash. The numbers of locals using Visa’s pre-paid cards abroad increased by 80% in the period between October 2015 to September 2016 while the actual amount spent […]

Visa Bullish on Nationwide Growth in Myanmar

​​ S ONLY 0.5 per cent of the population has access to electronic payments so far, Visa Inc, the global payments firm, sees a lot of room for improvement in Myanmar. Arturo Planell, Visa country manager for Myanmar, said at a press conference last week that the number of Visa cards in the country had […]

6 hotels linked with Jovago offer 10 to 50 per cent promotion

To boost the number of travellers to Ngapali, six hotels linked with Jovago will offer 10 to 50 per cent promotion, it is learnt. Jovago has linked with a total of nine hotels in Ngapali which receive a small number of travellers mostly because of costs and difficulties in transportation. There are four wellknown beaches […]

Myanmar Companies Ramping up Tourism Industry

YANGON — Leading companies in Myanmar are building up the tourism industry in a bid to capitalize on the increasing number of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country since democratic reforms took place. First Myanmar Investment signed an agreement in October with its Singapore-listed affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings and other companies, including SHC Capital Asia, […]

MIC Gives Amazing Holidays go Ahead to Build Golf Course, Hotels in Thandwe

Amazing Holidays Hotel and Resorts Co Ltd has won the contract to kick off a construction project on a 100-plus acre plot in Thandwe Township, a statement from the Myanmar Investment Corporation (MIC) said. The land comes under the jurisdiction of the Rakhine State government. In a meeting on Friday, MIC decided to grant permission to […]

Yangon known for its secondhand book stalls as well as golden pagodas

MENTIONING elephants is a big mistake. It’s how, on a trip to Myanmar, I come to be known as the Elephant Man. It all begins late one afternoon in Yangon, the delightfully decrepit capital of a former hermit nation that’s opened up to the outside world and on its way to becoming South East Asia’s […]