Feb 19, 2015

4.5 million tourists expected in 2015

According to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 4.5 million tourists and US$2 billion in revenueare expected to enter the country in 2015.

In 2014,an all-time high of over 3 million tourists entered Myanmar, bringing in more than US$1 billion in revenue.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has been busy enlarging travel zones and making other infrastructural improvement to help tourists. The ministry has also been reducing regulations on local and foreign businesses seeking to enter the tourism sector, said Myo Win Nyunt, a director at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Tourist entrance into Myanmar has increased began rising sharply in 2011.In 2013, over two million tourists entered, said the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Government officials from Myanmar held discussions withcounterparts from Thailand,where the tourism sector is well developed, in December 2014 to discuss tourism development projects. The government has also been developing the tourism sector in conjunction with Germany, Norway, the Asian Development Bank, Japan, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Australia and Italy.

The Myanmar Tourism Master Plan is currently being implemented with US$500 million provided by Norway and the Asian Development Bank.

The World Tourism Organisation reported that global tourism rose by 4.5 per cent in 2014.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media

 
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