Tourism needs money, management, modernisation

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio discusses relating to tourism development with Myanmar hoteliers at the meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio said yesterday that, in order for tourism to be successful in the future, foreign investment, effective management and safe, modern, well-maintained hotels need to be developed.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung, the Myanmar Hotelier Association chairman and executive committee members, hotel zones chairmen and officials. At the meeting, the Vice President said there are things that need to be done by relevant ministries and state and regional governments, as well as to coordinate with private organisations in the second meeting of CCDNTI.
For the tourism industry to develop, there is a need to set up proper plans and implement them, as well as to have the necessary funds.
Also, tourism development funds are to be systematically collected and maintained, and the management processes must be properly setup, and effectively and efficiently used.
The income obtained from the tourism business is beneficial, not only for the country’s development, but to all those related to it. The tourism business is sensitive, so for there to be a regular income from it, superior conditions and surroundings are required. Hotel room rates in Myanmar are comparably higher than in other countries. The reason may be the unequal ratio between the numbers of hotels and visitors. The numbers of hotels, motels and rooms available, the numbers of visitors, excess rooms or the possibility of more visitors, and plans to open more hotels need to be assessed by zones and reports submitted.
All those involved are also urged to invite more foreign investment to tourism related infrastructures and priority investment in the development of hotels
Ngapali, Ngwesaung and Chaungtha are places where the development of the tourism business is related to beaches, and the examples of other nations need to be studied on how hotels are built, depending upon the distance from the beach, and provide the practices and suggestions to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Hotels and motels owners need to be concerned about security, and cooperate with relevant authorities for the safety of visitors and local residents. All are urged to assist and cooperate with related state and regional governments to draw up tourism plans.
After the Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, U Ohn Maung, was introduced to Myanmar hotel business owners, Myanmar Hotelier Association chairman U Aung Myo Min Din explained the history, setup and work processes of the Myanmar Hotelier Association.
Next, the Hotel Zone chairman explained about their respective zones, followed by Myanmar Hotelier Association vice chairman U Aung Moe Kyi’s review of required alcohol (spirit) licenses, wellness and spa licenses, taxes on travel businesses and on the opening of effective hotel training courses.
Union Minister U Ohn Maung explained further about the discussions and submissions made, and Vice President U Henry Van Thio coordinated and commented on the discussions.
CCDNTI Chairman Vice President U Henry Van Thio then took a commemorative group photo with those attending the meeting.—Myanmar News Agency

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