Myanmar for Tourists

Burma for tourists

Left: Arrival of tourists at international airports. On the right: Total number of hotel rooms in Myanmar. Tourism visits Myanmar on their own motorcycles Eight Malaysians, under the auspices of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the organization of the mosaic of Myanmar Tribes Co Ltd. travelled to Myanmar on their own motorcycles across the Myawady-Mae Sot boarder crossings. We drove to Bagan, the old town of the Mandalay region, through Bago in lower Myanmar.

Then they drove from Bagan to Mandalay and then went to Inlay lake in Shan State, the second biggest in Myanmar. After that they went back to Bago and went to Myawady, where they abandoned Myanmar. Her journey began on January 9 and ended on January 16.

It is now the country's high tourist seasons, so Myanmar is constantly accessible to tourists by road, motorcycle or bicycle in groups or alone via frontier crossings.

The number of Myanmar's tourists arriving has fallen by 11 per cent since last year.

By October this year, Myanmar had 11 per cent fewer visitors than in the same month last year, according to the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA). Leading figures in the tourist sector trace the collapse to the feeling of prospective visitors regarding the Rohingya refugees mishap. "Ninety per cent of the journeys made in Mrauk U and Ngapali were canceled because of false information about the Rakhine dispute that has arisen in recent months," said Thet Lwin Toe, Chairman of the UNUMTA, to the Global New Light of Myanmar.

Myanmar Tourist Guides Association (MTGA) president Aung Tun Lin said that tourism from some parts of the globe has reacted more sensitively to the refugees crises than others. "On the subject of Rakhine: Tourism from Italy, France, Spain and Asia visit Myanmar on a regular basis, but the American and British tourism have canceled their reservations," he said.

Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam were the major destinations for visitors to Myanmar in 2017. "Our leaders take the liberty of trying to tell those who misconstrue the Rakhine problem. The Rakhine edition is of interest to all visitors, and we don't really like it because most of them misconstrue it," said Aung Tun Lin.

Aside from the refugees crises, Aung Tun Lin said that other barriers to Myanmar's tourist industry are due to a growing reluctance of the locals to take advantage of it. As an example, he referred to the inhabitants of the village at Lake Inle, who had their houses roofed with advertising placards that some visitors found unappealing.

It also said that the abolition of cameras and toilets could boost tourist activity. For this financial year, the Ministry of Hotel and Tourist Services has made three million visitors its goal.

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