Tourism in Myanmar 2016Myanmar Tourism 2016
Burma sees good outlook for the tourist sector in 2016
YANGON, January 17 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar sees good perspectives in the tourist sector in 2016, with an increase in the number of visitors to the country over the course of the year. At the end of November last year, tourist arrival figures exceeded 4.2 million. By April 2016, the Ministry of Hotel and Tourist Affairs expects this number to reach 5 million.
In 2015, Myanmar invested $2.64 billion in 47 hotel and tourist industry ventures, $1.5 billion more than in 2011 ($1.14 billion in 36 projects). Singapore was the largest of all nations and territories, accounting for $1.47 billion of FDI in the industry in 2015, followed by Vietnam with $440 million.
Myanmar's 2016 touristic industry will depend on the pace of related investments over the past year and the overall and ASEAN economies. In 2020, according to the Ministry's 2013-2020 blueprint, an expected 7.49 million visitors will arrive. Neighbouring country visitors often come to Myanmar on motorcycles, bikes and boat, organised by travel agencies in collaboration with the Minister.
More and more international tourist are seen as cruisers coming into the countryside during the tourist seasons that began at the beginning of the year. MS Seven Sea Voyage, a 699-passenger and 447-crewed cruiser, will be in Myanmar for a three-day trip by 25 January.
Further cruisers with more passengers will call at Myanmar in January and February. Myanmar was able to welcome 25 luxurious cruisers with 26,000 guests last year, according to statistic. In addition, international tourism registers for Chindwin riverside trips that offer insights into Myanmar's nature and meetings with ethnical minorities and their nationalities.
There were 1,670 tourist businesses in 2014, an increase to 1,922. Myanmar Hoteliers Association says Myanmar has also been growing in the country to provide appropriate accommodations for the growing number of people. According to U Tin Win, president of the Myanmar Hoteliers Association, there will be 340 properties in operation across the country by 2015, up from 290 in 2014.
Meanwhile, the federal administration has set up 17 hotels in areas such as Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Bago. In the first nine month (January to September) of 2015, 759,181 passengers flew to Yangon International Airport, 82,174 more than in the same time frame last year (677,007).
Over 800,000 visitors came to Myanmar by plane and boat, while more than 2.2 million traveled through frontier crossings and the highest number of destinations in the Yangon, Mandalay, Inlay and Bagan Areas. After Mandalay, Myanmar's second biggest town, the number of visitors increased by 26 per cent from 242,566 in 2014 to 306,432 in 2015.
Myanmar's last imperial capitol, Mandalay, has a little over 1.2 million inhabitants according to the last survey. Most of the overseas visitors come from China, Thailand, France, Germany and the USA. Eight national and five multinational carriers are currently in Mandalay, and there are ongoing projects to increase the number of cross-border air travel and Mandalay accessibility.
The new system provides 12 kinds of visas and three kinds of re-entry visas for expatriates to make their visits to Myanmar easier. Visas for commercial, garage, crew und cargo transportation are also available at three Myanmar internationaports - Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.