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 […]

Political parties wary of foreign election aid

Pledges of financial assistance by six Western governments and the European Union in the run-up to November’s general elections have left political parties confused over who will benefit and the legality of foreign aid. A joint statement on March 3 by the EU and six embassies in Yangon said that as “development partners” they would […]