A night mall is planned in Bagan, an ancient city in the Mandalay Region, where visitors can find traditional handicrafts, regional products and clothes as well as traditional food, said Tint Swe, chairman of Myanmar Restaurant Association (Bagan).
He said that the night mall was an initiative of the regional minister. The association also mulls another one in Nyaung U, another township in Mandalay.
“We have already submitted our plan to the District Authority, to open a night mall at the Shwezigon Pagoda. We plan to open the mall in 2016. We haven’t received the official permission yet,” Tint Swe said.
Bagan has more than 100 restaurants and about 80 are members of the association. Some will become part of the night mall.
Tint Swe said that the township needs more quality restaurants and shops, requiring many existing to upgrade themselves.
“This will take time,” he noted. “After April, new restaurants will be opened. They will be world-class and feature Bagan culture. Foreign tourists want to see Myanmar culture and our members offer traditional entertainment performances at night," said Tint Swe.
Mandalay has been one of the most famous tourist destinations in Myanmar. The number of visitors have been increasing, encouraging accommodation development. According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the region is home to 144 hotels, motels and inns with nearly 6000 rooms.
This year, Myanmar aims to attract 4.5 million tourist arrivals. In 2014, it welcomed a record number of 3 million visitors who generated more than US$1 billion in revenue.