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To develop and regulate the tourism and hotel industry, the Myanmar Tourism Law and the Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Law were enacted in 1990 and 1993 respectively. These laws prescribe procedures on how to apply for licenses to operate a hotel and lodging house, a tourist transport business, and a tour guide business.

In 2005, thirty hotels were constructed in Yangon and Mandalay, which provide over 5,000 rooms. Other popular tourist destinations such as Bagan, Inle, Ngapali and newly opened areas such as Mawlamyine, Myitkyina, Kyaing Tong, and Pyay are still lacking in international class hotels. Given the country's many attractions, there are many opportunities to develop golf resorts, beach resorts, culturla villages, amusement parks, recreational centres, service apartments, and condomiums.