Myanmar’s tourism industry shows promise but has a long way to go Reply

By  Zhang Deming Tedmond Mizzima Thursday January 5, 2017

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Ballooning over Bagan. Photo: Elsie Chen

Floating in a balloon above the serene temples of Bagan, you would be forgiven for thinking Myanmar is the perfect tourism destination. But there are challenges to be overcome in terms of tourism infrastructure, accommodation and heritage management if the country it to seek its tourism sector goals. More…

Indonesia’s BMKG Predicts More Fire Hotspots in 2017 Despite “Neutral” Weather Conditions Reply

Jakarta Globe Friday January 6, 2017

Kepulan asap membumbung di areal hutan dan lahan yang terbakar di Desa Medang Kampai, Dumai, Riau, Senin (9/8). Pemerintah Provinsi Riau melalui Satgas Karhutla terus melakukan operasi pemadaman kebakaran hutan dan lahan melalui udara dan darat agar dapat meminimalisir 'hot spot' yang ada di Riau. ANTARA FOTO/Rony Muharrman/foc/16.

Jakarta. Indonesia may experience more fire hotspots this year than last year despite predicted “neutral” weather conditions, its state weather agency said.

Indonesia experienced its worst land and forest fires on record in 2015 amid a strong El Niño weather pattern, whereas wildfires in 2016 were less severe due to the La Niña. More…

In pivotal decision, Dayaks in Malaysia state of Sarawak lose right to claim forests as communal area Reply

By Sulok Tawie Malay Mail Online Tuesday December 20, 2016

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The Dayak landowners, who come from all over Sarawak, with a banner outside Kuching High Court complex, giving their support to the headman Sandah anak Tabau and seven other landowners in Kuching December 20, 2016. — Pictures by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, Malaysia – The Dayak people cannot apply their native customary rights (NCR) on land to claim virgin forests as their territorial domains and communal forest reserves, the Federal Court decided today in a crucial judgment that affect tens of other related disputes. More…

Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Receives US$900 Million in Foreign Investment Reply

By May Soe San The Irrawaddy 22 December 2016

YANGON — Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township has received more than US$900 million in foreign investment since its launch in 2014, said a recent report issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

“Since the start of the operation, the SEZ has received US$903 million foreign investment,” MIC secretary U Aung Naing Oo told The Irrawaddy. More…

New caves in central Vietnam are now open to explorers Reply

Thanh Nien News Wednesday  June 1, 2016

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Vetnam’s Va Cave is famous for its stunning stalagmites of similar shapes and sizes. Photo credit: Ryan Deboodt/Oxalis

Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh have allowed expedition organizer Oxalis to launch tours to Va and Nuoc Nut caves, part of the famous Phong Nha – Ke Bang cavern system.

The two caves were discovered by locals a long time ago and explored by members of the British Cave Research Association in 2000, the Vietnamese government said on its website on Monday. More…