Myanmar turns attention to Asian travellers as European markets decline

With Asian markets dominating in the face of declining European arrivals, Myanmar tourism players are shifting their focus to intra-regional travellers. The Asian market accounted for 70 per cent of international arrivals to Myanmar in 2017. Growth in the market is led by Vietnamese visitors, with a 75 per cent year-on-year increase at Yangon International […]

IFC, YCDC to improve construction permit system

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) the sister organisation of the World Bank, is partnering with the Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) to reform the city’s construction permit system and optimise the role of the private firms. “The goal of this partnership with IFC is to streamline and automate Yangon’s construction permit process by June 2019. This […]

Vietnamese Investors Prosper in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar

Vietnam’s OFDI has been increasing in recent years with 930 projects licensed, mostly in the fields of industry, agriculture, telecommunication and finance & banking. Forty percent are developed in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Laos is in No 1 among the countries and territories where Vietnam has OFDI. According to FIA (Foreign Investment Agency), by the […]

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 […]

Global standards issued for local coffee producers

IN a bid to promote local coffee to the international market, the Agriculture Department will be issuing a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certificate to qualified local coffee producers this year, said Daw May Thet Hlaing, a coffee expert from the Coffee Research, Information, Extension and Training Centre. Local coffee producers who meet a list of […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]

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 […]

What the US can learn from Myanmar about infrastructure investment

America’s infrastructure is headed down a bumpy road, and unless the country takes drastic action to fix its ailing transport, water, and other infrastructure systems, it might well wind up with the types of struggles I’ve witnessed recently in Myanmar. I am here in Myanmar teaching an international business class for our MBA students as […]

Antiques selling well with increasing number of tourists

  With an increasing number of tourists coming to Myanmar, the sale of antiques are also on the rise, it is learnt. The antique shops are dependent on tourists because they have the appreciation, knowledge and income to collect antiques. The shops are found mostly in Yangon, Mandalay, Inle, Bagan and NyaungU. Antique store owners […]

Hotel investment reaches US$2.7bn

Foreign investment in the hotel sector has reached US$2.7 billion, Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism, said at a cooperation signing ceremony between Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar and the Spain-based Melia Hotels International. “There are 47 hotels invested by foreign investors,” he said. Hotel investment is largely coming from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong […]