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Over 1,600 hotels, guesthouses get permits

Some 1,628 licensed hotels, motels, guesthouses and inns are operating in Myanmar, as of the end of March 2018, offering some 65,470 rooms, according to statistics provided by the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism issued some 4,503 tour guide licences, 3,449 regional tour guide licences and 2,564 transport licences by December 2017.
Further, some 2,676 travel agencies were issued permits by the ministry.
The famous tourism attractions in Myanmar are Mandalay, Yangon, Bagan, Inle, Kayin State and Mon State, Myeik archaeology, Chin Hills and beaches such as Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung and Ngapali.
Additionally, tourists like to explore cultural zones, such as the Bagan-Nyaung U cultural zone, Ava cultural site and PyinOoLwin.
The Hotels and Tourism Ministry created eco-tourism sites and community-based tourism (CBT) spots, establishing Thandaunggyi in Kayin State, Pa-O community-involved tourism in Shan State, the Kayah Cultural Community Tour, CBT with dolphins along Ayeyawady River, the Phoe Kyar elephant camp, Popa Mountain National Park, Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary and other wildlife sanctuaries.
Tourists visit Myanmar through the three international airports, as well as the border checkpoints on bikes or vehicles. Tourists are also flocking to Myanmar via luxury cruise liners. — Ko Htet

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