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Hilton’s arrival in Myanmar marks the beginning of the end for travel in untrodden gem

Excerpt from Travel Daily Media

Mar 07, 2013 12:51 am

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Myanmar is only a few years away from becoming the next Thailand and the arrival of Hilton and MasterCard, while a necessary driver of the boom, is also what will eventually strip the country of its undiscovered gems.

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Several of the many old and semi-abandoned imperial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar. Rafat Ali


Hilton Worldwide has become the first major international hotel company to announce its entry into Myanmar.

The company has signed a management agreement with LP Holding Co Ltd to operate the 300-room Hilton Yangon, which is expected to open in the city’s central Kyauktada Township area in 2014.

While Myanmar is developing fast, it still has a severe shortage of hotel rooms. Currently there are estimated to be only around 28,000 hotel rooms in the country – fewer than in downtown Bangkok…

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