Novotel returns to Myanmar with Inle Lake opening

ACCOR opened Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min yesterday in southern Shan state, marking the brand’s comeback to the country, which once had a Novotel at Mandalay.

Located on the east bank of Inle Lake, the four-star resort features 60 Junior Suites, 60 Lake Villas and two Presidential Villas, each offering separate living areas and bedrooms.

Other facilities include three restaurants, two bars, a ballroom, two meeting rooms, a business centre, a swimming pool, a fitness centre and spa facilities.

Patrick Basset, COO for Accor Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, said: “This is the first Novotel resort in Myanmar. We have also signed to develop a five-star Pullman hotel in Yangon with the same local company, Myat Min, and it is now in the second phase of development.

“Besides this, we opened the five-star boutique The Lake Garden Nay Pyi Taw, MGallery in Naypyidaw in September, and we have a Novotel hotel in Yangon to be soft-opened in December this year. We also have some projects in Mandalay and Muse.”

Phyo Hla Wai, managing director of Myat Min Company, added that Myat Min and Accor are also collaborating for a 100-room serviced residence, Sebel Yangon Myat Min.

“We are also considering a fourth project in Bagan, most surely with Accor again, and hope to start that project next year,” he said.

Minister of hotels and tourism, Htay Aung, noted that Novotel was not a completely new brand to Myanmar. “We first had Novotel in Mandalay in 1996. But due to the political situation and economic sanctions, Novotel backed off like other foreign companies.”

Source: TTG Asia

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