Normally quiet hotels in Nay Pyi Taw are once again fully booked for the gem emporium, when thousands of foreign traders are expected to descend on the capital.
The emporium will be held from July 1 to 13 at Mani Yadana Jade Hall in Zabuthiri township. Another sale held in March attracted more than 8700 buyers, including 4719 foreigners, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar.
Ma Aye Thet Paing, sales and marketing manger of Royal Kumudra Hotel, said the hotel had added 51 rooms in November to cope with high demand from gem traders.
“Our hotel is fully booked for the emporium and some of the guests who stayed here during the March emporium have already booked rooms for the July event,” Ma Aye Thet Paing said.
“We have also received some bookings at our 20-room Hotel Ayeyarwady, which is located inside Nay Pyi Taw’s National Landmark Garden. A few rooms are still available,” she added.
Amara Hotel last year added 64 rooms to the existing 67 rooms to take advantage of high demand from traders, said sales executive Ma Honey. “Like other hotels in Nay Pyi Taw, we’re fully booked for the coming emporium … we have been booked out since a week after the last emporium, in March.”
“We don’t have any short-term plans to increase the number of rooms, though,” she added.
Most hotels have normal occupancy rates of 55pc to 65pc. However, very few foreigners visit the city outside of the gem emporiums.
Most rooms are booked by business travellers, NGO staff and foreign government officials.
There are more than 20 hotels in the original hotel zone. Another 19 hotels will be built in the first phase of a second hotel zone in Oattadathiri township to meet demand during events such as the Southeast Asian Games, which Nay Pyi Taw will host in 2013.