DAILY ELEVEN (11.9.2013)
It is learnt that the surge in visitor numbers will increase in the coming open season and the hotel room supply will struggle more to meet demand than the previous year, according to Tourism Industry.
There has been tremendous growth in visitors to Myanmar as it began political reforms in 2011, and as a result, hotels have been experiencing serve room shortage and extremely high room rates from the end of the year 2011.
At present, the tourist arrivals in this rainy season outstrip the last season and it is expected to continue for the upcoming tour season. There are also some inquiries and preparations to visit Myanmar.
“FIT (the visitor who come with their own plans) doesn’t use to make detail arrangements. As the package is arranged to not be confused, the high price problem is always found. This problem hasn’t solve yet. It can be solved when the room supply will increase. Now, SEA Games and ASEAN Summit lead to serious repercussions on the room rate. After those occasions, the situation will change and more rooms can be available ,” said by U Aung Din, MD of Nature Lovers tours company.
The number of Tourist arrivals reached over one million in 2012 as the first time. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects to reach 1.5 millions in 2013 and 2 millions in 2014, During this year January and August, 440,000 visitors have come through Yangon International Airport.
The tourist arrivals through Yangon International Airport have increased double from 2010 to 2013. Not only the number of business men and visitor for social matter but also travelers with different visas are growing rapidly.
“FITs are more than the package tours at present. FITs choose to stay small hotels with fair prices rather than the big ones.” They have already searched the informations before coming to Myanmar,” a tour guide said.
The main tourist destination, Yangon will experience a major shortage of hotel rooms for the next five years, according to Jones Lang La Salle Hotels and Hospitality Group.
Minister of Hotels and Tourism has given licenses to 834 hotels, motels and inns and 30,401 rooms all over the country in July.
TRANSLATED BY AYE PYRE NYEIN
Source: The Traveller Journal