Minister says Myanmar open to allow casinos: report

Myanmar’s minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, says the national government is not opposed to casinos being developed in the country, as a way to boost the tourism industry, reports Myanmar-based English-language Eleven Media. The minister’s comments were made in response to a question by a member of the lower house of the country’s […]

Locals Upset Over IFC Meeting Regarding Salween Hydropower Project

MANDALAY — Action for Shan State Rivers (ASSR) said on Monday that locals were saddened by the meeting of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) concerning the controversial hydropower projects on the Salween River in Shan State. “Despite disagreements, the IFC held a stakeholder discussion in Taunggyi on Monday, without representatives of impacted locals or local […]

Myanmar Officials Bet on Casinos for Boosting Chinese Tourism

Thailand features heavily in the strategies of destinations around it in attracting Chinese tourism. Thailand is by far the most popular destination in Southeast Asia for Chinese tourists, with about 9 million Chinese tourists coming to Thailand between January and November 2017. This puts pressure on destinations like Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam to set themselves apart. One […]

Regions and States Seek Permission to Operate Casinos

FIVE regional and state chief ministers have sought permission to operate casinos in hotels in their respective territories during a meeting with Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw in last month, according to U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Shan, Kayin and Mon discussed […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]

Making Myanmar an energy powerhouse

Myanmar’s national electrification process is still on hold one year after the new administration took office. The replacement of the Minister of Energy in early August showed the priority given to energy, but the government still has much to do. Myanmar will have to decide on how to solve its chronic power shortage. There are […]

Peace process is the way forward

The government will not back down from the peace process despite the hardships it faces getting all ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday at the second anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “It is the second anniversary of the signing. There […]

Products sold under Mae Fah Luang project at Tachileik border town fetch millions

Local vendors of fruit, vegetables and other crops at the Tachileik border town have received more than THB1 million in sales to buyers across the border in Thailand this year so far, U Kham Aung, director for Myanmar Programmes under the Mae Fah Luang project told The Myanmar Times this month. Home-grown products like coffee, […]

Myanmar food fights back

Amid the recent surge in popularity of foreign cuisine, restaurateurs look to raise the profile of traditional Myanmar food Korean food. Thai food. European food. Yangonites are increasingly spoiled for choice when choosing where to go for a meal. While broadening one’s culinary horizons can only be a good thing, traditional Myanmar restaurant owners are […]

Mango Growers Call for More Education on Quality Control in a Bid to Crack International Markets

As potential foreign mango buyers de­scend on Myan­mar to check out the local produce amid a seasonal surge in demand, local growers say more educa­tion on quality control is needed if Myanmar man­goes are to gain a foothold in international markets like Europe. “Foreign delegations are coming to Myanmar to test the quality of My­anmar […]