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 […]

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 […]

Why Myanmar’s government needs to do more to maintain economic growth

Myanmar’s economy is growing. In particular, the manufacturing and retail sectors are booming. However, the government must address significant challenges to maximise Myanmar’s growth potential. The manufacturing industry grew dramatically The government set bold industralisation targets. It wanted to promote manufacturing exports and lessen the country’s reliance on oil and gas. Industry, including manufacturing, contributed […]

Myanmar’s Clams Sell Well in Thailand

Clams from a town on the Myeik Archipelago in Taninthayi Region are in high demand in Thailand. Clam diving at Kyunsu Township in the archipelago is a seasonal job available only during the dry season. The clams are transferred to Myeik, where they get exported to Thailand through the Mawtaung border. The price is reportedly […]

Parami Energy Readies Imported LPG for Sale as Demand Rises

The government is aiming to replace the use of electricity with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as a fuel for household cooking. If widely used, LPG can reduce the use of firewood as well as electricity when cooking, which will help to conserve power as well as the environment. Last year, the Ministry of Electricity and […]

Overseas demand for locally-produced coffee expected to rise in 2018

Prospects are looking good for the Myanmar coffee industry, with coffee prices kicking off the New Year on a high level and domestic market conditions looking rather positive, coffee plantation workers said. The market price for ripe coffee cherries harvested in December is now K800-K900 per viss (1.6kg), which is at the higher end of […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Chainsaws Imperil an Old-Growth Mangrove Stronghold in Southern Myanmar

TANINTHARYI, Myanmar — When viewed from the bow of a boat, the shoreline near the city of Myeik in southern Myanmar is all green. In every direction, low-slung mangroves blanket the horizon, their trunks submerged under several feet of water at high tide. The trees anchor a sprawling landscape that supports village life and a […]

Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]