Myanmar encourages B&Bs

Bed and breakfast establishments could soon open in the remotest parts of the country, once the draft tourism law has been passed.

One of the first could be in Thandaung Gyi, a town in northern Kayin State until recently off-limits to tourists.

Tourism ministry’s department chief in Hpa-an, Kayin State, U Win Kyaw, told Myanmar Times that would-be operators were already lining up to offer B&B accommodation.

“We have seven operators who want to open B&Bs in Thandaung Gyi. B&Bs should be located away from houses and must have four to eight rooms that can accommodate tourists comfortably.”

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Myo Win Nyunt, said late last week that the tourism draft law had not yet been submitted to parliament.

“The ministry is not yet in a position to issue licenses for B&Bs, but if a state government or the immigration department allows it they can operate, as long as the premises are far from hotels   and outside cities.”

B&Bs will help expand the tourism industry as they will appeal to tourists who are on a small-budget.

Myanmar Tourism Federation joint secretary, U Khin Aung Htun, suggested B&Bs should be allowed in Kayah, Shan and Chin states, where villagers would be eager to provide such services.

Authorities will have to check the premises to ensure they meet certain standards on cleanliness and safety.

Last year, the country welcomed 3.08 million international tourists increasing 51% from 2.04 million visits in 2013.

This year, Myanmar tourism is expected to attract 4.5 to 5 million foreign travellers.

Source : TTR Weekly