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Former Burma, one of Asia's most remote nations, is being reintegrated into the world community after two decade-long sanctioning thanks to democracy reform, with President Thein Sein releasing prisoner states. Burma offers travelers looking for an eclectic travel experience with abandoned isles, gold sanctuaries and places of culture unaffected by the fast pace of Southeast Asia.
Myanmar's chain of Asian owned and operated properties include Shangri-la Hote & Resort, Traders Hôtel, Singapore's Sedona Hôtels International and GHM Luxury Hôtels, a Myanmar owned business that operates the Yangon seashore, formerly Rangoon. Most of the few five-star properties outside Yangon are located in seaside resort or touristic centers such as Mandalay and Bagan.
Burma is very under-developed, with an in ruins country and an infra-structure that is at best basic. The years of maladministration by the army, combined with US and EU penalties resulting from the regime's violations of humanitarian law, have brought Myanmar into povernour. However, despite the penalties, most of which are still in place, the number of Myanmar's visitors is increasing.
In the 2010-2011 financial year (April-March), 424,000 visitors officially reportedly came to Myanmar and its 570 guest houses and 160 guest houses, with a combined occupancy rate of only 24,692 rooms, have reached the limits of what is possible. However, you should check out Thailand's neighboring country, which has a similar climates and landscapes to Myanmar, but more than 4,000 of them.
The West feels an oportunity. "It' s a good idea for us to come and see Burma," said Vasant Prabhu, Starwood Islands VP and CFA. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels' Middle East and Africa MD Jalil Mekouar, a hospitality company, said Myanmar's tourist and hospitality industry is" gigantic" in view of its scenery, island and wealth of heritage.
"While they are opening up, I see enormous opportunity not only in the tourist and hospitality sectors, but also in industry," said Mekouar at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles. North and South America, Nancy Johnson, Carlson Hotels CEO and VP of Corporate Design, proposed that her business, whose Radisson and Country Inns & Suites are also interested in moving to Myanmar.
Asia-focussed Standard Chartered (STAN.L), which is active in all Asia except North Korea and Myanmar, said it would consider opening up Myanmar if penalties were removed, but it would be too early to take specific steps. Thailand-based hotels see great opportunity in Myanmar, but are not in a hurry to settle there because they are conscious of the risk of investment in a long and ambiguously corrupt and legislative-countryside.
"We' re looking for ways to grow in Myanmar. All we want to do is get in there by administering our own locals' hotels," said Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, SVP at the Central Plaza CENT. BK, Thailand's 4th biggest quoted Hotelgesellschaft. Practitioner Chinamourphong, director of the Thai Hote Association, which is representing some 800 establishments, among them the Mandarin orientental (OHTL. BK), the Four Seasons, the Minor International Pcl (MINT. BK) and Dusit Thani (DTC. BK), said it will take at least two years for the Thai hoteliers to make a move.