Myanmar cuts licence fees


YANGON, 29 July 2016: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will cut licence fees by 50% from 1 October to support the country’s emerging tourism industry.

Licences granted by the ministry are for hotels, tour companies, tour guides and tourist transport firms. License fees are different for each category.

A hotel licence costs between K200,000 (USD168.70) and K1.9 million (USD1,602.65) depending on the size of the project; a tour company licence costs K400,000 (USD337.40); a tour guide licence K50,000 (USD42.17); and a tourist transportation licence between K50,000 (USD42.17) and K500,000 (USD421.75).

inside no 7Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Ministry of Hotels and Tourism general director, U Tint Thwin, saying: “We will scale down fees for all licences by 50% and also relax some rules.”

The new fees will come into effect 1 October.

To apply for a new licence, or renew an existing one, tour companies need a recommendation letter from the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, while hotels must be a member of the Myanmar Hoteliers Association.

By the end of May, the ministry had issued 1,351 hotel operator licences, 2,130 for tour companies, 6,309 for guides and 536 for tourist transportation companies.