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a href= "/tourism/14276">Myanmar has 1,666 properties with over 66,900 rooms
By June this year the whole state had 1,666 licenced and 66,913 rooms and the number of establishments has risen by over 510 in the last three years, according to DOT. The Yangon Downtown has the highest number with 399 rooms (20,845), followed by Mandalay with 215 rooms (8,940), Taunggyi/Inlay with 148 rooms (4,483) and Bagan/Nyaung with 85 rooms (2,919).
Of the 14 visa-free ASEAN nations, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore were the most appealing for Myanmar, and the number of tourists is increasing, according to the Myanmar Tourism Federation. There are more Myanmar citizens going to 14 ASEAN states, Brunei and Cambodia among them, which allow exemptions. The Nyaung-U International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and Win Khant, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, said that a viability assessment was carried out to turn Nyaung-U International Centre near the old Bagan Culture Area into a sustainable one.
It is a project launched by the Department and JICA as Myanmar tries to declare the Bagan area a UNESCO World Heritage Site. JICA funded the proof of concept. Kawthaung islands such as Kyat Mauk Iceland, 115 Leagues and Nyaung Oo Phee Islands renowned for scuba dive and adventures are attracting more and more overseas tourists every year.
More than 300,000 foreign visitors came to the Myeik Islands last year and took Ks.63. According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism (Kawthaung). By March of this year, there were 1,628 hostels and guesthouses with 65,470 rooms throughout Myanmar, according to the Directorate of Hotel and Tourism.
According to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, the number of arrival of multinational tourism is increasing in the community-based tourist towns of Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone in Shwan State. Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone were awarded at a tourism trade show in Berlin. There are now more overseas visitors to Pao's ethnical communities in these communities, where a community-based tourism is underway.
Myanmar's first open coach sevice Mingalar was started as a test run in Yangon. At the moment the coach is mainly used for international travel. While open-top busses mainly appeal to international visitors in the high seasons, domestic travellers can also use them. Over one million domestic and international travellers flew into Mandalay International Airport last year, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
By 2017, local carriers such as Myanmar National Airline, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airline, Mann Yadanabon Airline and FMI Air were operating scheduled services to Mandalay International Airport.