For­eigner fees to rise at Man­dalay Hill

The Myanmar Times - - News -

A SUB­MIS­SION has been is­sued to Man­dalay Re­gion govern­ment to in­crease en­trance fees to Man­dalay Hill for for­eign­ers, said Man­dalay Hill trustee board chair U Thein Tun.

The mat­ter had al­ready been sub­mit­ted to the govern­ment last month, the trustee board said, on Oc­to­ber 9.

“Right now, since we did not re­ceive any re­ply from the re­gional govern­ment, we can­not start col­lect­ing in­creased fees. It will be col­lected when the ap­proval is granted. Present fee is still K1000,” the of­fi­cial said.

Re­gard­ing the in­quiry to the Man­dalay re­gional govern­ment, an of­fi­cial replied that due to more im­mi­nent busi­ness, the dis­cus­sion on the topic had to be de­layed. The in­crease of en­trance fees to Man­dalay Hill has not yet been dis­cussed.

The pro­posal sug­gests rais­ing fees from the cur­rent price (K1000) es­tab­lished in April 2015 to K3000 for for­eign tourists.

“The cur­rent fee is ex­tremely low. The new rate is also not that much. For­eign tourists will be able to af­ford it,” ex­plained U Thein Tun.

The of­fi­cial fur­ther ex­plains that the price hike aims at pal­li­at­ing the de­crease in rev­enue from pho­tog­ra­phy ser­vices, vic­tim of smart­phone pic­tures.

“The fa­mous pago­das are vis­ited by a lot of for­eign­ers. In or­der to de­rive some rev­enue, we started col­lect­ing fees. In­stead of ask­ing money from tourists, we should ask the shops to sell items to them.

“Then we should col­lect money from the shops. Al­though it’s true that tourists are com­ing here be­cause they have money, it does not mean that they want to pay for ev­ery­thing,” said U Soe Win, a tourist guide from Man­dalay.

The num­ber of tourists com­ing to the hill dur­ing travel sea­son is 500 to 700 per day, while it was only about 200 at other times, the records re­vealed.

From the be­gin­ning of the year un­til Au­gust, more than 66,000 for­eign vis­i­tors toured Man­dalay Hill, gen­er­at­ing over K66 mil­lion in taxes, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial records.

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