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BY WANWISA NGAMSANGCHAIKIT

July 23, 2015

n BY WANWISA NGAMSANGCHAIKIT

Filed under Myanmar, News

                YANGON, 23 July 2015: Bed and break­fast establishments could soon open in the remotest parts of the country, once the draft tourism law has been passed.

             One of the first could be in Thandaung Gyi, a town in northern Kayin State until recently off-limits to tourists.

             Tourism ministry’s department chief in Hpa-an, Kayin State, U Win Kyaw, told Myan­mar Times that would-be operators were al­ready lining up to offer B&B accommodation.

             “We have seven operators who want to open B&Bs in Thandaung Gyi. B&Bs should be located away from houses and must have four to eight rooms that can accommodate tourists comfortably.”

             Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Myo Win Nyunt, said late last week that the tourism draft law had not yet been submitted to parliament.

             “The ministry is not yet in a position to issue licenses for B&Bs, but if a state government or the immigration department allows it they can operate, as long as the premises are far from hotels and outside cities.”

B&Bs will help expand the tourism industry as they will appeal to tourists who are on a small-budget.

             Myanmar Tourism Federation joint sec­retary, U Khin Aung Htun, suggested B&Bs should be allowed in Kayah, Shan and Chin states, where villagers would be eager to provide such services.

           Authorities will have to check the premis­es to ensure they meet certain standards on cleanliness and safety.

Last year, the country welcomed 3.08 million international tourists increasing 51% from, 2-04 million visits in 2013. This year, Myanmar tourism is expected to attract 4.5 to 5 million foreign travellers.

REF : TTR WEEKLY

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015