Hotel general managers in Myanmar are being threatened with dismissal and expulsion from the country for refusing to abide by new rules on room rates to prevent price gouging.
In June, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism ordered all foreign-owned hotels to lower their rate for a standard room to $150 due to fears that demand-driven prices were damaging Myanmar’s image among international travellers.
Some hotels have already found themselves in hot water. After booking agents complained that the Sedona Hotel in Yangon had breached the terms of its contractual agreements and raised its standard room rate from $200 to $220 in late June, the ministry issued a letter stating that general manager Saman Sarathchandra would not be allowed to re-enter the country once his visa had expired. The letter was also circulated to several key tourism figures and local GMs as a warning.
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