15 Jun 2012
AYEYARWADY, MYANMAR, 14 June 2012: Hotels on Chaungtha Beach are luring tourists during the monsoon season by offering discount from 10% to 40% according to a report in the Myanmar Times Wednesday.
The Chaungtha Hoteliers Association announced the campaign for June to October to attract business during the rainy season.
Yangon in the past offered discounts during the same months, but due to the surge in business travel this year, hotels are doubling or trebling rates. They are also cancelling contract rates with overseas tourism suppliers and opting out of contracts that should come into play for the next winter season.
“Chaungtha Hotelier Association secretary, U Min Kyaw Oo said: “With this discount, guests can stay two nights for the price of one.”
The association confirmed that roads to the beach have been repaired by the Ministry of Construction.
Currently, there are 15 licensed hotels and four guest houses at Chaungtha Beach. The town is located in the Ayeyarwady region around 200 km, or a five-hour drive, from Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar.
After Myanmar held elections and introduced reforms earlier this year, room rates in Yangon skyrocketed by as much as 300%. Tour operators handling trips to Yangon are cutting overnight stays in Yangon and some are diverting business to Mandalay or Bagan.
There are 250,000 registered rooms in Yangon, but 10% of the inventory was being used as offices, clinics or rented by long-stay expatriates.