YANGON regional tourism committee has granted licences to three hotels with 179 rooms, and construction permits for two hotels at the meeting held on 22 May.
The total capital for hotels and guesthouses is estimated at K 18,160 million and this endorsement will create 107 jobs.
“Yangon, the commercial hub of the country, is attracting tourists due to its cultural significance and heritage. To ensure sufficient rooms, the ministry has been issuing licences to hotels and guesthouses,’ said an official of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Yangon’s most famous landmark is Shwedagon Pagoda, and the city boasts several gilded pagodas besides British colonial buildings, heritage sites, and business complexes.
The Inya Lake and Kandawgyi Park are among other tourist destinations in the city.
Additionally, a Community-Based Tourism (CBT) site was created in Kyaikthale Village in Twantay Township, Yangon Region in February 2017.
The regional tourism committee has issued licences to hotels and guesthouses, and construction permits. Meanwhile, the committee has also issued licences to inbound tours, outbound tours, and tour guides.
Earlier, the hotels and tourism sector was regulated by the Union government. With the implementation of the Myanmar Tourism Law 2018, the sector has been decentralized and more power according to the region and state governments, said Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, the Yangon Region Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs.
Yangon Regional Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein takes the role of chairman of the regional tourism committee, while Naw Pan Thinzar Myo is responsible for the deputy chairperson. The committee includes officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Yangon City Development Committee, the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, and civil society organizations (CSOs) as members.–Ko Htet