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Myanmar Government Doesn’t Want Airbnb-Type Stays in Country

Excerpt from MyanmarTimes

Aug 07, 2013 12:01 am

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With the tourism boom in Myanmar, there is acute hotel rooms shortage, and proper opening up of homestays — Airbnb type of accommodations — could go a long way in boosting economy and building capacity. But the culture and its customs have to be ready for it.

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Foreign visitors to Myanmar should not stay in private homes unless no other accommodation is available to them, Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Htay Aung said, as their manners are “not appropriate” for local residents.

He said foreigners do not properly follow Myanmar customs, such as sleeping facing the east, and do not like the Myanmar style of eating, such as a family using one spoon to eat from a single bowl of soup.

While technically banned, home-stays are common when tourists go on multi-day treks, with accommodation arranged by a guide.

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