Inle hotel zone entrance fees to be collected in US dollars instead of local currency

With an appreciation of the US dollar price, entrance fees to the Inle Hotel zone will be collected in US dollars instead of local currency starting 10 December, said U Zaw Htay Aung, the chair of Myanmar Tourism Association (Taunggyi Zone).

Currently, entrance fees of Ks12,500 per head are being collected and the fees will be changed to US$10, according to Myo Group, which is responsible for collecting the entrance fees for the Inle zone.

Visiting groups usually plan their trips at least a month or up to six months in advance, resulting in a problem for tour agencies from changing entrance fees when the exchange rate is unfavourable. Therefore, there is a plan to negotiate about changing entrance fees in US dollars to avoid losses due to currency exchange rates. In the high season, local tour companies have already sold their tour packages and collected the money, said U Zaw Htay Aung.

Last February, the entrance fee was changed into kyats due to the depreciation of the US dollar. With US dollar price now rising, the plan is to change back to the US dollar, said travel tour proprietors.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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