(YANGON) Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism aims to offer better hotel facilities and services to guests – mostly foreign visitors – as the number of tourists visiting the country increases and the 27th SEA Games to be hosted in the country are getting closer, local media reported on Tuesday.
The ministry is introducing an official star rating system which will rate hotels across the country from one to three stars, said the Myanmar Times News.
So far, 74 hotels have been rated – 21 hotels in Nay Pyi Taw, 22 hotels in Bagan-Nyaung U, and 31 hotels in Taunggyi-Inle.
Hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and other key destinations will also be given star ratings after their facilities and services have been checked.
Meanwhile, Myanmar has 22 foreign-invested hotels, nine government and 678 private hotels as well as 11 hotel zones in the main regions visited by foreign tourists.
Singapore currently tops foreign investment in Myanmar’s hotel sector, followed by Thailand and Japan.
With an eye to creating job opportunities for the local people, the government is also keen on encouraging both foreign and local investment in the hotel and tourism sector.
The government expects to launch over 50 hotels across the country over the next two years. — Xinhua
Source: Business Times 2 Feb 2012