Jul 30, 2015

Parliament welcomes public

The Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw has welcomed around 200 tourists in the last 3 months.

The Director of Hotels and Tourism claimed that the majority of visitors coming to the Parliament are from Europe and he believed that this would help tourism in the city develop better in the years around.

There are more than 8,000 international standard hotel rooms but only 20 to 30 % of them were used.

Visitors are allowed to visit the Parliament from last April but they have to comply with really strict rules. Visitors have to contact the travel agents which will apply for permission from the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism for each visit afterwards.

The application process need to be completed and submitted five days before the visit.

The official said that there was no entrance fee then but they were about to collect fees in the future.

The Parliament being open to public was a part of the marketing plan in order to enhance tourism in the city. There were 60 hotels built in the last 3 years and an international airport opened in 2014 .

Around 100,000 visitors have been welcomed to Nay Pyi Taw last year.

The temple and white elephants are the main tourist attractions here, but opening the Parliament proves that they are going on the right road. Not until April were there tour buses stopped at the gate of the Parliament.

The fact that the ASEAN Tourism Forum being held in the city last January really made the authority more fascinated in boosting tourism in this country. There were numerous suggestions were presented at the side – line meeting on the way to enhance Nay Pyi Taw’s attractions and opening the Parliament to public was one of those.

The effort of boosting tourism can also be seen in transportation when a new route connecting Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw was opened last April.


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