On Feb 22, 2012, I spoke with my Myanmar travel agent partner about the latest in Myanmar tourism since the U.S has made contacts with the politicians and Aung San Sui Kyi is allowed to be in politics openly.
The following are the latest happenings in Myanmar tourism.
1. A sudden surge in tourist arrivals
2. Very difficult to find 4- and 5-star accommodation in Yangon's hotels due to the increase in businessman visitors from the Middle East and from Non-Governmental Organisations. The Middle East tourists rent the whole floor and pays 50% more, according to my partner.
3. Therefore, there is insufficient hotel rooms for tourists who want 4- and 5-star hotel. There are 2- and 3-star accommodation and they are safe, decent and clean too.
4. The administrators want to build a subway in Yangon and had approached the governments of Singapore and Japan as both have the experience.
The investors are given the land to build and both share the profits.