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Japanese business hotel opens in Myanmar economic zone

First hotel in Thilawa anticipates greater demand as factories sprout up

The front desk of Super Hotel's new location in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone was made from a giant log. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- Japan's Super Hotel chain has opened the first lodgings in Myanmar's Thilawa Special Economic Zone outside Yangon, anticipating demand from business travelers as foreign companies build factories in the region.

Thilawa's development serves as the centerpiece of Japan and Myanmar's public-private partnership to improve the Southeast Asian country's economy. The industrial park opened in 2015 with 105 tenants committed to moving in. Super Hotel Myanmar Thilawa is the only full-fledged commercial facility at the site, however, amid lagging construction in the residential and commercial area adjacent to the industrial area.

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