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Hilton Now In Myanmar

Hilton Worldwide Hotels became the first American hotel chain in Myanmar when it opened on October 17th in Nay Pyi Taw. Hilton said they plan to operate a hotel soon in Ngapali Beach followed by Bagan and Inle Lake in 2016  and Mandalay in 2017. With respect to the hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Hilton has partnered with Myanmar’s Eden ... Read More »

A Floating Hotel In Yangon


A new 5-star floating hotel is set to open in early August. The hotel is outfitted from an previous boat that has been refurbished during the last year. The only thing is, it now has no engine.  It will be unique and exclusive for luxury services with rooms starting at $250 and going up to $800 per night. Called Vintage ... Read More »

Dusit Hotels Now Building in Yangon


Dusit International has a hotel/serviced apartment project now underway in Yangon. Research has shown that international companies have opened offices in Myanmar however there is lack of hotels and serviced apartments to meet long- stay needs for their managers. The property will also cater to tourists on holiday as well.  This is but one of about twenty properties under planning ... Read More »

Hilton Hotels Going Big Into Myanmar


Partnering with local company Eden Group, Hilton Hotels will rebrand the Thingaha Garden Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw and Thingaha Ngapali as Hilton properties.  Also, Hilton expects to open Hilton Bagan and Hilton Inle Lake in 2016 followed by Hilton Mandalay in 2017.  The 200-room Thingaha Gardens is presently nearing completion and Thingaha Ngapali a 51-room beach resort in currently ... Read More »

Traders becomes Shangri-La Hotel


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, a listed company out of  Hong Kong,  and the owners of the Traders and Shangri-La brands recently rebranded the Traders Hotel to Sule Shangri-La Hotel following 2 1/2 years of renovations. Along with renovations has also been extensive staff training and an increase in amenities on offer. Price on certain products and services has also increased. ... Read More »

Thai Investors Must Conquer Perceptions


Thai investors and business people have lingering perceptions of Myanmar which often interfere with their decision to do business here. Some of those perceptions may be founded, but they should look to positive changes taking place and the time needed to do so. If that is possible, Myanmar is a land of opportunity particularly in the hotel and tourism sector. ... Read More »

Growing Pains in Big Hotels Construction Rush


The Hilton and Novotel hotel projects in Yangon have faced construction delays as has the MGallery Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. The delays are symptomatic of what corporations and foreign hotel companies face here. They expect a fast and easy process as they typically experience in many other countries but the reality of how Myanmar currently operates quickly sets in. ... Read More »

Kempinski Replaces Marriott in Hotel Project


Marriott Hotels recently pulled out of a hotel project in Nay Pyi Taw due to a quality control dispute. Supposedly, stringent inspections by Marriott  of hotel construction were putting the project behind schedule. Kempinski, the Swiss hotel chain, then stepped in to take over the project and signed a deal with Kanbawza Group in late March. Under the deal, Kanbawza ... Read More »

Myanmar Approves 250 Hotel Projects


The government has approved about 250 hotels comprising more than 20,000 rooms for the Yangon area. Many Myanmar business people are opening hotels having only 50 or 60 troops as they can  be built fairly quickly. Aside from Yangon, many tourist destinations still lacked a sufficient number of hotels to accommodate visitors. For instance, the Inlay Lake region, still struggles to handle ... Read More »

Building of More Hotels in Bagan Prohibited


Myanmar has prohibited the building of any more new hotels in Bagan as they await status of their World Heritage Site re-application.  There are currently 17 hotels under construction in 4 designated zones adjacent to the ancient city. Over the past couple of decades several hotel were allowed to be built within the heart of ancient Bagan: the Aureum Palace ... Read More »

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