Yangon’s hotels are closing because of guest reporting requirements

One of Yangon’s most iconic hotels, Sule Shangri-La Yangon, formerly known as Traders Hotel, has been closed since January for renovations. Photo: Shangri-La Hotels
One of Yangon’s most iconic hotels, Sule Shangri-La Yangon, formerly known as Traders Hotel, has been closed since January for renovations. Photo: Shangri-La Hotels

Some Yangon hotels and guesthouses have stopped accepting guests or even closed due to burdensome reporting measures that have become impossible for some under the junta. 

Mandatory guest registration has made things so difficult for hotels that some have thrown in the towel, or ask guests to book in advance.

“We’re still open,” the manager of a Lanmadaw Township hotel told Coconuts today. “However, we will require one day prior booking and our guests’ identifications.”

Hotels in every Yangon township must submit overnight guest lists and report to the ward office due to the present political circumstances, under which near-daily bomb attacks and assassinations are being conducted by those opposed to military rule. 

Hotels and guesthouses are also seeing frequent visits by state security forces who say they are searching for members of the resistance.

One anonymous hotel rep told reporters that traveling to the specified local authorities may not always be possible – or safe. 

“It’s now too inconvenient to sign up for the overnight guest list, and we must also be concerned about our guests’ safety if unanticipated problems emerge during these uncertain times,” the representative said, adding that they would instead close and use the time to renovate.

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