Myanmar’s Shan State Targets Illegal Tourism Operators

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The Myanmar Times reports that tourism authorities are cracking down on hotels and transportation companies offering tourism services without a licence in Myanmar’s southern Shan State.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in the state says it will take legal action against offenders.

The Ministry wants to develop tourism in Shan State, and has already announced that various fees for tourism-related licences will be halved. However, unlicenced operators won’t be tolerated.

Boats wait for tourist groups at Inle Lake. Photo: Douglas Long / The Myanmar Times

Boats wait for tourist groups at Inle Lake. Photo: Douglas Long / The Myanmar Times

The Ministry’s assistant director, U Win Aung, told the Myanmar Times on October 17: “The state government had already agreed to investigate, starting October 20, in southern Shan State to see if companies offering tourism services hold one of the four types of licence required.

“Illegal hotels and tour transportation vehicles will be targeted. The point is to promote the long-term development of the tourist industry by ensuring that travel agencies run their businesses systematically.”

The investigation will cover hotels and lodging-houses, travel and tour companies both domestic and foreign, transportation, and guide qualifications. Those found to be operating without a licence will face action under the law.

Sai Win, chair of the Myanmar Tourist Guide Association in Nyaungshwe, Shan State, welcomed the move: “Travel operations will be more systematic. Transportation in particular should be better regulated.”

Full story at the ‘Myanmar Times’.

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