15 companies short-listed for Yangon Central Railway Station development tender announced

Myanma Railways has shortlisted 15 firms and joint ventures, including a number of well-known local companies, that responded to an EOI to redevelop Yangon Central Railway Station and the surrounding area in downtown Yangon. This is the railway ministry’s second attempt to tender the project, after an initial tender called in 2014 was cancelled last […]

Railway ministry to privatise Gokteik Viaduct charter trains

Myanmar Railways will call a tender for private companies to operate two charter trains that run across the Gokteik Viaduct, the highest railway bridge in Myanmar. The ministry will advertise the project through state media. The privatisation process is likely to take two months, officials told a press conference on February 12. Early last year […]

Ngwe Saung Luxury Project Eyes Dec. 2017 Start

A luxury resort project which includes villas and a five-star hotel along Ngwe Saung beach in Ayeyarwaddy region has begun. The project is located on 160 acres of land in Bu Kwey Gyi village in Ngwe Saung and aims to be the first holiday villa project in Myanmar, U Soe Thiha Hlaing, executive director of […]

Poor aviation infrastructure hinders Myanmar’s aviation potential

Slow improvement in aviation infrastructure remains the biggest hurdle that Myanmar must overcome if it is to cash in on the Asean Open Skies or even pursue its dream to become an aviation hub in Asia. At the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in March 2014, Transport Minister Nyan Htun Aung announced Myanmar’s vision “that […]

Most Chinese tourists prefer e-visas

Chinese nationals top the list of foreigners who enter Myanmar using an eVisa (visa on arrival), according to the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport. A total of 18,700 Chinese nationals entered the country using visas on arrival in the first two months of this year. More than 300,000 foreigners, mostly Chinese, have used this […]

Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution

YANGON (AFP) – Trains chug around Yangon’s circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is at the heart of plans for a public transport revolution in the traffic-choked metropolis. Rush hour spills a throng of passengers towards Kyi Kyi Win’s cigarette stand at […]

Hotel Licences in the Offing in Chin State

Licences to operate guesthouses and hotels will be issued in Chin state as part of the plan to promote the tourism industry in Myanmar’s most impoverished state, a minister said. To promote the development of nature-based tourism in Chin state, new licences to develop and operate accommodation services will be granted while the existing guest […]

Imphal-Mandalay bus service survey underway

Efforts to open up travel and trade between India and Myanmar have moved up a notch as a joint team of Myanmar and Indian officials met in Imphal, India to commence a survey for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay passenger bus service, according to The Sangai Express, January 11. E-Pao news service, quoting The Sangai Express, reports […]

FMI Air ready to test out new model for Myanmar aviation market with CRJ base at Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar start-up FMI Air is aiming to launch scheduled services by the end of 2014 using 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets based at the capital Nay Pyi Taw. FMI will become the first airline to establish a hub at Nay Pyi Taw, which has an underutilised modern international airport that opened in 2011. FMI will enter […]

Myanmar’s new bank to give tourism SMEs a leg up

THE Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) is establishing Tourism Bank Public Company to provide small- and medium-size businesses with financial assistance to operate in the travel and tourism industry. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the HILTON HOTEL Nay Pyi Taw recently, minister for hotels and tourism Htay Aung, said that the bank will be used […]