Myanmar open to Tourism

Burma open to tourism

A lot of travellers come to Myanmar. A few decades ago, travel to Myanmar was taboo for most foreigners. Hotel Katha, which opened last year, used the Orwell connection. It is perpetrated by the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.

Last year's policy development has opened Myanmar to new touristic market, but little has happened locally for the operator, according to Myanmar Times document. Since most of the travelling buycotts have been abolished, the number of tourists is estimated to grow by about 30 per cent this year, after a similar growth in 2010, according to industrial sourcing.

Industrial lobbyists were unanimous that arrivals would grow as more visitors came to the state. Burma is a very welcoming place with really amazing sights," said Mr Briels.

Exotissimo's production executive, Anne Cruickshanks, said there have been some recent changes, such as the auto-swap programme and the possibility for bankers to open legal bureaux de change.

We hope over the course of the years that the progress made will be more marked in relation to the setbacks," said Ms Cruickshanks. Also, changes that could make the lives of tour organisers simpler are likely to encounter at least short-term administrative hurdles. An omnipresent problem that the federal administration - and in particular the new Minister of Travel, U Tint San - has tackled is the lack of rooms by creating new areas for hotels and extending the 11 current one.

Myanmar has 691 licenced 23,454-room owned properties, according to government statistics. It has nine state owned and 22 state-owned owned and operated properties with FDI by the FI Commission. It is the ministry's goal to complete 50 new properties in good timeframe for the 2013 Southeast Asia Games, but many of them are planned for Nay Pyi Taw and are unlikely to have much influence on the needs of overseas visitors.

Most of the establishments are now fully occupied, even at this very early part of the high season," said Daw Su Su Su Su Tin. There are a number of possible incentive measures, such as fiscal stimulus for the import of coaches and a lowering of the price of diesel and gasoline for cars in the travel industry," he said.

A further topic is the support of the state, whereby most stakeholder agree that not enough has been done in the last ten years. However, there is still skepticism among stakeholder groups about how quickly the trend could be reversed, either in reality or in perception.

Mr Janmaat also said that the parties should work together to promote sustainability in the tourist industry and prevent some of the errors made by neighbours. "He said, "I think the goverment should set up a think tank to guess in which way to go and suggest directions for developments.

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