Sep 20, 2013

Myanmar to turn railway head office to five-star hotel

Myanmar has planned to turn its Railways Head Office in Yangon to an international five-star hotel, in efforts to contribute to the development of tourist industry, tourist circle said on Wednesday.

The rare five-star hotel in Yangon, upon completion, will have 154 suites with 450 staff to run the services.

The hotel is projected to accommodate 350 visitors per day.

According to statistics of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, there are 859 hotels comprising 31,321 suites in Myanmar, of which 217 hotels are in Yangon with 9,451 suites. Of them, five hotels are rated as five-stars.

In 2012, the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar reached 1.02 million, an increase of 200,000 compared with 2011's 820,000 due to the significant changes in the country during the year.

Myanmar targets 2 million of tourist arrivals in 2013 and up to 3 million in 2014.

It is assumed possible that many foreign visitors would visit Myanmar to attend the 27th Southeast Asian Games at the end of this year and next year's ASEAN Summit and other related summits.

Source: Xinhua