Bagan eyes more local/foreign tourists as hoteliers prepare quality services

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Pagodas in the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone revive with travellers in 2022.

The hotels and motels across the nation are making preparations for local/foreign travellers in the New Year period, December and the hotels in the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone, the heart of Myanmar people, are also ready to host both domestic and international travellers during the New Year festival and Bagan pagoda festival.
The Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone with a 19 square miles area boasts 3,822 pagodas and hosts great numbers of travellers in the open season. While the tourism industry of Bagan was suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak, the government concerted its greatest efforts to revive the tourism sector in 2022 and the pagodas across the nation, Bagan, Inlay, Pindaya and resorts are crowded with travellers starting Thadingyut and Tazaungdaing festivals. The hotels, motels and guesthouses become alive again with travellers and the business opportunities of locals are also active again.
“There are visitors to Bagan even on office days in addition to holidays. The tourist arrivals by flights also started in October and still in December.
There are also visitors via land routes. The numbers of local travellers are high during long holidays. This month, the hotel/motel offer promotion for Christmas and new year. They prepare regional food and music bands. They are making arrangements to lure visitors to pay a visit to the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone again. There are various locations and picturesque scenes. The number of visitors increased in October 2022 and that amount might remain unchanged until 2023. Hotel bookings are also on the rise for the new year festival,” said U Win Aung, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan Branch).
A total of 154 hotels and 75 guesthouses supervised by the development committee in Bagan are ready for local/foreign travellers.
The Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone hosts 107 tourists by flight in October and 188 tourists in November. Hotels expect higher numbers of travellers in December than in previous months, said U Moe Wai, owner of Bagan No 18 Hotel.
“For Bagan tourism, we launch competitive services to attract visitors. There are tourists and our hotel welcomes many Spanish tourists. In the early period of the full moon day of Pyatho, there will be higher numbers of domestic and international travellers for the Ananda Pagoda festival. The travellers also make hotel reservations for December new year festival. Hotels and motels in Bagan always welcome Myanmar’s open season and prepare competitive services during this open season,” he said.
Hotels offer new services such as K7,000 per air conditioning unit per person including breakfast this open season and entertainment programmes with Myanmar traditional orchestra featuring the essence of Bagan’s cultures.—Nyein Thu (MNA)/KTZ

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