Myanmar braces for tourist boom with 48 new hotels

Myanmar braces for tourist boom with 48 new hotels
High-rise buildings in Myanmar.

MYANMAR - There will be 48 new hotels providing a total of 37,024 rooms to be opened across Myanmar within the next three months, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Last year, there were 923 hotels and more than 30,000 rooms. In 2012 there were only 787 hotels. Despite this increase in accommodation, some regions have been unable to accommodate increasing numbers of visitors.

Many tourists are interested in visiting remote parts of Chin, Kachin, Kayah and Shan States which used to be out of bounds but many of these areas lack appropriate accommodation.

"In Chin State, there are southern and northern parts. Tourists mostly visit to Natmataung in southern part. We usually send tourists to northern parts such as Teedin and Harkhar townships but there are fewer hotels there. Even if there are hotels, the hotels don't meet international standards. We saw bungalows being constructed near Reed Lake. Now that transportation is better, tourists may increase in the future," said tourist guide Ye Htet.

At present, there are two hotels in Kalay, Chin State; 52 in Nay Pyi Taw; 244 in Yangon; 114 in Mandalay; 77 in Bagan, Nyaung Oo; and 75 in Taunggyii-Inlay.

Myanmar expects 3 million tourists to visit the country this year and 7 million in 2015.

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