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Tourism in Myanmar looks forward to uninterrupted expansion in 2015 | Travel News
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - Myanmar draws the majority of its global visitor with favorite locations such as Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaikhto, Mandalay and Ngapali Beach. In addition, there are up-and-coming tourist resorts such as Putao, the Myeik Archipelago, Nagaland, Nat Ma Taung and Loikaw, and it is clear that Myanmar has a broad spectrum of tourist activities.
This could make Myanmar an easy year-round travel destinations for travelers around the world, fulfilling its objective of generating more forex revenue. Myanmar made 926 million US dollars from 2 million tourists in 2013. In 2014, at least 3 million people attended. It goes far beyond the numbers in the Myanmar Tourism Master Plan (2013-2020).
Concluded at the end of 2012 with the support of the Asian Development Bank, the conservative aim of the MDB was to attract 1,52 million foreign attendees in 2015 and 2,81 million in 2020. At the upside, it goal 3. 09 million in 2015 and 7. The latest data encourage the public sector to expect tourism revenues to hit $10 billion per year by 2020.
Now the new goal for 2015 is 5 million. "â??We believe 2014 was the beginning of a period of tremendous expansion, and 2015 is a year to speed up the pace,â said NaungNaung Han, General Sectretary of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association and CEO of Radiant Tours Co Ltd. Shan Yoma Travel & Tours Co Ltd CEO Hla Aye shares the optimistic view.
Increasing numbers of Myanmar travelers are choosing not to buy packages. "We' ve found out that about 60-70 percent of the visitors we have welcomed are fitt, and the remainder have been on an all-inclusive. One of the existing missions is the E-visa system, which was implemented at Yangon International Airport on September 1, 2014. For two years, the Myanmar programme has been worth 17 million dollars, but it has proven to be a success.
Originally available to tourism from 41 different nationalities, the system was later extended to include tourist information from 67 states. Almost 1,500 travellers used the on-line facility in the first few months. On December 1, more than 17,000 international guests came to Myanmar via Yangon International Airport.
It encourages the government to extend the services to Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw Aiports. In order to encourage tourism, Myanmar has begun discussions with other ASEAN nations to lift visas for its citizens and other ASEAN-dwellers. It is planned to increase the passenger traffic at Yangon International Airport from 2.7 million to six million.
In order to reduce the overload of the largest trading city's airfield, Myanmar plans to construct a new global airfield in Hantharwady, Bago region, which is scheduled to go into operation in 2017. Hantharwady will be 80 kilometers from Yangon Beach and Hantharwady Beach Resort. For the further appreciation we are looking for the support of our team.
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) also gave the go-ahead on 26 December for a project to set up a ropeway linking Yathaedaung Camp with Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, one of the country's most popular attractions, Sky Asia Co Ltd. Since October 2014, there have been 1,076 properties throughout Myanmar, two thirds of them in Yangon, Mandalay and Shan State, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Hotel.
The Mandalay region has the biggest proportion with 329 properties, followed by Yangon with 279 and Shan State with 200. Thirty-one international office locations were opened in six areas in December, among them Bagan and Mandalay. Yangon opened twenty 3,047-room establishments, four 660-room establishments in Mandalay and one 127-room establishment in Bagan.
In Kawthaung two 252-room international investments are opened, three with 291 rooms in Tachileik and one with 41 rooms in Myeik. Viet Nam is buoyant due to its economy and Myanmar is great news for tourists and hoteliers," said Patrick J-M Basset, the group' s COO for Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, while he was in Thailand in November.
As the Tourism Developement Banka will support the city' s travel agencies and hotel chains, the speed of growth will accelerate. "Aimed primarily at tourism businesses. They will be provided with the necessary credit and equipment," said Tin Tun Aung, co-general of the Myanmar Tourism Federation.
"NaungNaung Han of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association said there have not been enough rooms for travelers in recent years. Said it was hard to promote new travel because the most popular places are always attractive to first-time-timers. That' s why we need to introduce new targets to increase tourism," said Hla Aye of Shan Yoma Travel.
"However, we should not only look at the tourists' arrivals. Mr. Birk added that more people will be expected if all carriers lower their fares.