Inle Night Market to be upgraded to attract foreigners

A vendor seen in the Inle Night Market (Photo/EMG)
A vendor seen in the Inle Night Market (Photo/EMG)

YANGON–With the aim of attracting tourists and promoting Myanmar’s tourism industry, Inle Night Market situated in Northern Shan State, will be upgraded in early January 2015, according to the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association.“We have a plan to upgrade the night market in early January. However, we will first discuss it with locals and authorities. Inle Night Market should be upgraded because many of foreigners visit it,” said Myo Min Zaw, Chairman of Inle Zone for the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association.At present, Inle Night Market has only ten shops that open at 10:30pm. Plans are underway to expand the restaurants, as well as souvenir shops and regional product shops.The Inle area attracts foreigners as well as local visitors. If the shops expand, it will create more job opportunities for locals and attract foreign currencies, according to the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association.Plans to build a night market in Yangon to attract tourists is also under way, but there has been difficulty in choosing a location. Meetings with authorities are ongoing.“We must arrange more plans to open a night market in Yangon’s downtown. A place for the night market is not fixed yet. My desire is that the market will be arranged on Strand Road. In other countries, riverside roads are designated for night markets, where vendors can sell their products out of cars. In the morning, the markets are clean because they leave nothing. These days, the road is mainly frequented by stevedores. If the night market is set up on Strand Road, it will attract more tourists,” Myo Min Zaw added.