Inle floating market to open in November

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Vendors on boats wait customers in Inle Lake. Photo: Aye Min Soe

The Inle floating market is expected to open in November this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
“We are discussing a plan to develop the Inle floating market. We will choose the best place for the floating market,” said U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is cooperating with the forestry department to procure the woods required for the construction of boats for the market.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is also working on creating new tourist destinations and market promotion, in cooperating with the related ministers, and private and international organisations to attract more foreign tourists.
The floating market is being developed in the Inle region to promote its tourism market, as well as create jobs opportunities for the local people.
There are some 105 hotels with 3,410 rooms in the Nyaung Shwe-Inle region. The ministry has issued licences to 70 tour companies, 257 vehicles, 1,204 vessels, 386 tour guides and 934 local tour guides.



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