Yangon, Myanmar – Grand Mercure has announced the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm yet, only recently emerging into the modern world.
Myanmar has seen its emergence as a popular travel destination. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the country welcomed just 21,000 international arrivals in 1990, that rose to 120,000 in 1995, 660,000 in 2005 and 790,000 in 2010. Last year, Myanmar welcomed 3.44 million visitors up from 2.9 million in 2016 which saw an 18% increase.
Overlooking the famed Schwedagon Pagoda, Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire boasts 175 guest rooms and suites designed by local artist Pyar Dade. Featuring detailed hand-painted ceilings inspired by colourful sapphire, emerald, gold and ruby gemstones, the rooms ranged from 30 square metres for superior rooms to 340 square metres two-bedroom suite.
“This is our first Grand Mercure in Myanmar and the opening of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire encapsulates the cultural touchstone of the destination and heritage in bringing local stories to life,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.