Hotels, guest houses mushroom nationwide

Writer: 
Myat Su Naing

Up until March this year, there had been 1,628 hotels and guest houses with 65,470 rooms across Myanmar, according to Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.

The number of hotel rooms nationwide increased after the authorities eased restrictions on issuing hotel licences for the convenience of international tourists.

Official figures show that there are 395 hotels with 20,396 rooms in Yangon City, 211 hotels with 8,801 rooms in Mandalay, 143 hotels with 4,503 rooms in Taunggyi and Inlay, 85 hotels with 2,919 rooms in Bagan, 64 hotels with 5,515 rooms in Nay Pyi Taw and 85 hotels with 2,919 rooms in Bagan-Nyaung U.

The directorate is making more efforts to increase the number of hotels and lodges across the country. Hoteliers are now applying for more licences and more investors at home and abroad are willing to invest in the hotel industry.

As Myanmar implements a major tourism project, tourist arrival is expected to increase more compared to the previous years.