Rakhine’s Tha Htay Chaung Hydro Dam Nearly 50 Percent Complete

Construction on the Tha Htay Chaung Hydropower Dam in Rakhine State is almost 50 percent complete, with electricity production to begin in the next few years, according to the re­gional government. The project has reached 42.74 percent complete at a cost of K17 billion, said U Aung Naing Tun, director of the Tha Htay Chaung […]

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 […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

Rakhine’s coastal waters still plagued by off-shore fishing vessels

The illegal entry of off-shore fishing vessels into Rakhine State’s shallow, coastal waters has reportedly see a depletion in amount of fish being caught by near-shore fisherman, Myitmakha News Agency has been informed. The Department of Fisheries has demarcated a territory ten-miles from the shore as an area exclusive to near-shore fishing vessels, but off-shore […]

MNA creates regional network

The airline is taking delivery of leased Boeing 737-800s that will be used to launch the routes. The next batch of new planes are expected to arrive in early October, and they will be used to start regular flights to Hong Kong and Taipei beginning in November. MNA CEO, U Than Tun, told local media […]

Airlines rely on local customers

Domestic airlines mainly depend on local travellers as tourist arrivals decline during the rainy season, sources say. Myanmar has 10 domestic airlines including Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Golden Myanmar Airlines. Most cater services to serve tourism, flying round the main tourist destinations like Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. The monsoon season […]

IGE’s power project to face further delays

A hydropower station first conceived in 2003 will require a further four years of work, costing an estimated K230 billion more, parliament heard on May 18. Deputy Minister for Electrical Power U Aung Than Oo told Amyotha Hluttaw that the Thahtay hydropower project on Thahtay Creek, 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Thandwe in Rakhine […]

Government, hotels pressure local officials over sand mining

The government, hoteliers and civil society are stepping up the pressure on Thandwe authorities to curb rampant sand mining at Myanmar’s premier beach destination, Ngapali. Tourism sources close to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism say President U Thein Sein is aware of the issue, and has ordered action to be taken against companies that […]

Despite Dodgier Airport, Nok Air Hopes to Touch Down in Ngapali

Thai budget carrier Nok Air is planning a direct flight from Bangkok to Ngapali in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to tap the surge in tourist arrivals, Patee Sarasin, CEO of the company told Myanmar Business Today. Ngapali, located 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Thandwe in Rakhine state, is arguably the most famous beach in Myanmar and […]

Myanmar airports improve safety

YANGON, 11 March 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport says it has upgraded six airports in terms of safety and security. The six airports that have gained new safety equipment are Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei. The Global New Light of Myanmar claimed the six airports received safety and security upgrades with the […]