Confusion Arises Among Tour Operators In Yangon

A travel and tours company based in Yangon revealed that the Lanmadaw City Development Committee has sent them two warning letters. It states that they were not able to show a license awarded by the committee to legal operators when in fact the company has already been authorized by the Hotels and Tourism Ministry. This is according to Asian Myanmar Beauty Travel and Tours’ director, Daw May OoKhaing. They are the same company that book hotel in Yangon Myanmar and tour packages for local and foreign clients.

The order was given by the committee on the 13th of March to close the travel agency because they are operating illegally without license to show for. On the 2nd of May, the committee again sent a notice to the company because they have been selling food which they did not seek license for.

Daw May OoKhaing said that they have already finished their process of registration with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. They were also given a license by the ministry to legally operate within the tourism industry. She clarified that they are not selling any food products. They have also paid their taxes in terms of the electricity, water, signboard and rubbish which were paid to the development committee.

She is confused as to why they need to obtain another license in order for them to sell tickets to customers. They found the rule will make the license given to them by the ministry as well as company registrations have been deemed useless in this case.

In 1993, a tourism law was passed which gives the licensees the right to offer tickets for sale which can be used for transportation such as express buses and flights as long as they have a tour operator license.

The ministry’s director general, U Tint Thwin, said that the tour operators are also required to obtain license in the committee in charge of their jurisdiction. This is why the two laws are clashing.

According to the 2013 YCDC law, commercial businesses must also get YCDC license aside from the approval they have obtained from the ministries. This way, the tour operators can legally sell hotels and book hotel in Yangon Myanmar without any issues in behalf of their customers.

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