Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Myanmar Suspends a Show Money Policy for Certain Visitors

A notice was released August 1, suspending the policy requiring that Japanese, Korean and Chinese tourists are to show $1,000 as a proof of funds. This change in policy came after the Ministry of Hotel, and Tourism faced opposition. Even coming from the tourism sector itself. The order was released on July 20, granting a […]

Fast-Growing Coffee Sector Looks for Extra Shot of Support From Government

YANGON— Myanmar’s coffee market is growing robustly, with the country’s beans attracting increasing interest in international markets as well as locally, industry sources said. U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association, said demand for Myanmar coffee has surged in the past few years and it is now being exported to more than a […]

Border zone with China to go ahead

An approval regarding the location of the proposed China-Myanmar border economic zone will be given “soon”, assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin from the Ministry of Commerce told The Myanmar Times. The discussions were carried out last week by the implementation body with priority made between Kachin and Shan states as they share the border […]

Financial services among the fastest growing sectors in Myanmar

The financial sector rose the most among 15 sectors managed by the government in the first six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, growing 22 percent as a result of the implementation of new financial services, U Set Aung, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting on Thursday. “If […]

China Eyes Mon State Investment

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang indicated his country is considering investment in Mon State during a meeting with the state government on Friday. According to the Chinese ambassador, investors are interested in rubber products manufacturing, fruit cultivation and the tourism sector, said Mon State minister for natural resources and environmental […]

Event Invitation: Euromoney’s Myanmar Global Investment Forum,12-13 Sep 2017, Naypyidaw

In the first year of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, Myanmar’s economy decelerated and the pace of economic reform slowed. Yet, the government appears confident growth will return and has pledged to boost its economy in 2017-18. Foreign investors have reason for optimism too. A new Investment Law came into effect on 1 […]

$1.8b FDI approved for 2017-18 so far

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved a total of US$1.85 million worth of investments from 66 foreign businesses and K501 billion worth of investments from 24 Myanmar citizens for fiscal year 2017-18. In June alone, the MIC approved investments worth US713.43 million from 22 foreign businesses and K11.425 billion investment from four Myanmar citizens, […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]