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From beans to gooseberry, rice-mad Myanmar eyes healthier diet

Opening the lid of her rice cooker, a luxury bought when power finally came to their village in central Myanmar three years ago, Tin Aye scooped out two fat ladles for breakfast. “I cannot go without eating rice. Since the start of the day, all my stomach asks for is rice,” said the 52-year-old mother […]

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 […]

China Bounces Back in Myanmar as West Retreats

The year 2017 was a momentous one for China in so far as regaining its ground in Myanmar is concerned. China not only leveraged its salience in the ongoing peace and reconciliation process but also took advantage of Myanmar’s difficulties with the UN and the Western countries on the Rohingya crisis. Further, Beijing was able […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]

Myanmar Woos China, Southeast Asian Tourists

Myanmar is shifting its tourism focus towards China and South-East Asia markets after Western and European tourist inflow witnessed a decline due to recent turmoil in northern Rakhine State. “We will focus on the countries which have good relations with Myanmar for tourism promotions, such as China, South Korea, Japan and ASEAN,” U Yan Win, […]

Myanmar’s Garment Industry Holds Unique Opportunity

Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made. Amidst the media headlines there lies […]

Through reclusive Wa, China’s reach extends into Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The “foreign policy” of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials […]

Yangon Door2Door: Food Delivery Service with a Green Vision

RANGOON — Traffic has been a common complaint among Rangoon’s residents for some years now, but some creative entrepreneurs are taking a proactive approach to ease the urban curse. Shady Ramadan, who moved to Myanmar from his native Egypt in 2010, is one of them. Ramadan founded a delivery service called Yangon Door2Door, often just […]