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Preparations for the 27th SEA Games under full steam

October 26, 2013 Destination ASEAN, Headline News No Comments Email Email
egtmedia59Under the theme “Green, Clean and Friendship” Myanmar is hosting the 27th South East Asian (SEA)Games, which will be held on December 11-22, 2013.
There will be 11 countries attending, inluding ASEAN, comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, plus Timor Leste.
The venues will be at the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung in the Ayeyarwady Region. Panviman
The Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, which is the biggest stadium in Myanmar, will be the main place and also the place for the opening and closing ceremony. Other sporting facilities will be in Yangon (Aung San Stadium), Mandalay (Bahtoo Stadium) and at Ngwe Saung Beach, where the sailing competition will be performed.
The biggest problem for the organizers is the hotel situation in the country, as December is also the height of the ongoing tourism season.
According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the rush to complete new hotel constructions in Nay Pyi Taw in time for the South East Asian (SEA) Games are proceeding on schedule and the preparations are under full steam.
A total of 53 hotels providing 4,200 rooms in the nation’s capital will be ready for the Games, which open on December 11. At present, 40 hotels have been completed in the Nay Pyi Taw Hotel Zone, with 13 still under construction, according to the ministry.
U Htay Aung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, said that hotels in the Nay Pyi Taw Hotel Zone must follow ministry guidelines and must not plan separate accommodations for athletes and visitors during the competitions.
Moreover, the ministry will designate the reserved hotels’ room prices to 50USD, so that the hotels cannot raise the room rates. Let’s look at Myanmar’s hotel situation:
The total number of hotels in Myanmar is 834 and the total number of rooms 30,401. Of those, Yangon accounts for 213 hotels (9,294 rooms), Mandalay for 87 hotels (3,749 rooms) and Nay Pyi Taw for 40 hotels (2,537 rooms). Bagan and Nyaung U Townships have 76 hotels (2,351 rooms), while the newly developed tourist destinations of Taunggyi and Inle Lake regions have 62 hotels (1,742 rooms).
It is not yet clear, how many rooms will be reserved for the participants of the SEA Games, but it is expected that about 1.5 million tourists will visit Myanmar in this year. More licenses for the hotel and tourism industries are thus being allowed, to accommodate the increase in arrivals.
For further information, please go to: www.27seagames2013.com

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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