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Accor signs three properties in Myanmar

13 Mar 2013

Hotel group Accor has announced that it will be opening three new hotels in Myanmar – an MGallery hotel in Naypyidaw, Novotel Yangon Max and Novotel Mandalay Mingalar.

The property from Accor's luxury MGallery brand, which will be located in Myanmar's capital city of Naypyidaw, is expected to open this year. It will have 168 rooms, one meeting hall, four meeting rooms, a cigar bar and two dining outlets, including an Italian restaurant. It will be located just 15 minutes' drive from the City Hall and 20 minutes from Naypyidaw International Airport.

Lobby of the MGallery in Naypyidaw

Novotel Yangon Max, meanwhile, is set to open in 2013 in the country's former capital and biggest commercial hub (read more here). It will consist of 366 rooms, three food and beverage outlets – including a rooftop French restaurant – a bar, a 1,000 sqm banquet room, eight meeting rooms, a swimming pool and wellness centre. It will be located in the centre of the city and a 20-minute drive from Yangon International Airport. 

Novotel Yangon Max exterior

In 2015, Novotel Mandalay Mingalar will open its doors in Myanmar's second-largest city and welcome guests to 280 rooms, two restaurants, two bars, a ballroom, four meeting rooms, a swimming pool and wellness centre. Also in a city-centre location, the property is 40 minutes by car from Mandalay International Airport.

After a decade of military rule, Myanmar began making moves towards democracy in 2011, leading to the lifting of many economic sanctions in April last year, and phenomenal investor interest and growth since. The country also recently took steps to becoming more electronic-payment friendly (see here) and many international airlines have initiated flights to Yangon, including Dragonair (see here), Korean Air (see here) and others (see here).

“With Myanmar expecting a strong increase in international arrivals this year, we look forward to being a part of the development of the country’s tourism infrastructure,” says Robert Murray, chief operating officer, Accor South East and North East Asia.

For more information, visit www.accor.com

Alex Andersson

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