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Myanmar expects over 1 mln tourists through Thai border crossings this year

Tourist arrivals to Myanmar via the country’s border checkpoints with Thailand have been increasing significantly this year and are expected to reach 1 million soon. The number of day-trippers from Thailand and other countries who visited Myanmar through Tachilek border gate in Eastern Shan State during the period from 1 January to 17 October this […]

Myanmar sees constant flow of tourists through Tachilek border gate

Between 15-21 March, Myanmar welcomed 22,872 tourists, who entered the country through the Tachilek border gate for overnight and day trips, according to the Tachilek branch of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism. A total of 20,588 tourists from Thailand and 300 tourists from other countries entered Tachilek for a day trip. A total of […]

Border trade increases by $196 million

Between 1 April and 25 May in this fiscal year, the value of border trade reached US$ 1.165 billion, recording an increase of $196 million compared to the same period in the last FY, state media reported quoting figures recently released by the Commerce Ministry. The total value of border trade, as of 25 May […]

Myanmar police stop ‘ice’ shipment headed for Thailand

A Myanmar man was arrested Friday morning allegedly on his way to the border at Mae Sai in Chiang Rai with 200 kilograms of crystal meth (“ice”). Myanmar police informed their counterparts in Mae Sai that the man, identified only as Archaw, 29, from Tachilek in Shan state, was stopped in his pickup driving towards […]

External trade rises year-to-date, but border trade stalls

Trade between Myanmar and its international counterparts hit $16.9 billion between April 1 and October 13 in the current fiscal year, government data revealed. That’s an increase of $2.9 billion over the same period in the previous fiscal year. The rise in external trade came despite a substantial drop in business at many of Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar-Thailand Border Trade Exceeds $1bn

​​ Earnings from border trade between Myanmar and Thailand reached over US$1 billion this fiscal year compared to $160 million in the same period in last fiscal year, according to Directorate of Trade. Myanmar earned $1.025 billion from border trade with Thailand as of January 20 this fiscal year, according to statistics from the department. […]

1,432 Hotel Licences Issued

​​ The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it has issued licences to 1,432 hotels and guest houses, including 27 with foreign investment. By last month the ministry approved 421 licences in Mandalay Region, 354 in Yangon Region and 290 in Shan State. There are reportedly more than 56,000 hotel rooms in the country with 17,700 in Yangon. There are five hotels with joint investment and 21 government-owned hotels. The ministry has allowed foreign-owned hotels in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kawthoung, Tachilek and Myeik. Investment in hotel construction reached more than US$3 billion. Singapore has led investment with US$1.6 billion, partly because it was used as a conduit by the US and other countries that imposed sanctions […]

Tachilek on an e-Visa

Chiang Rai, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller. A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers. […]

Border trade value using Individual Trading Card reaches over US$6.6 billion

The value of trade using the Individual Trading Card (ITC) as of 25th November in this fiscal year 2016-2017 reached over US$6.6 billion, about US$200million higher than that of last fiscal year, according to the Commerce Ministry. During the last fiscal year, the value of trade with ITC at the border gates was over US$6.4billion. […]

High-end bamboo products to be made in mid 2017

With an aim to export high-end products of bamboo to foreign countries, bamboo furniture orders will be accepted in mid 2017, according to the Myanmar Bamboo Growers Association. Currently, the association cannot manage to manufacture ordered products due to a lack of ready to- use raw materials. The bamboo association is currently receiving furniture orders […]