February 09, 2017

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MoHT hopeful tourism law will ease industry headaches

Tourists being seen taking the photos of a pagoda. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko
Tourists being seen taking the photos of a pagoda. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko

PLANS are being made to allow the Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Law to be enacted before the current year is out, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
“There should be laws [in place] for any place or job; sectors are weak without them. Since this law is for development of the tourism sector, it’s a law that will be beneficial as it has been drawn up to safeguard entrepreneurs, hoteliers as well as the government,” said U Myint Htway, official of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The legislation was presented to the Attorney-General’s Office in June and will continue to be submitted to the President’s Office as well as government departments concerned. After this is complete, it will then reportedly be submitted through the ranks of the Hluttaw.
“The enacting of this law will allow for current irresolvable grievances to be resolved. Presently, there’s nothing which can be used to resolve something that comes up with a foreigner or between Myanmar nationals [within the tourism sector]; we have no legal support to back us up. The passing of the law will allow us to take legal action. It’s better to have [the law] than be without it,” said U Nyi Nyi Naing, a tour guide.
Myanmar boasts 1,355 licensed hotels – comprising more than 52,600 rooms – together with 227 licensed domestic and foreign tour operators and 636 licensed tour guides, the records of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism have revealed.—Myitmakha News Agency

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