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Are India and Myanmar able to take a tour?
Could India strive for similar co-operation after a touristic treaty between Cambodia and Myanmar? The Rohingya crises have been on the headlines recently in Myanmar, drawing the interest not only of the global press but also of global visitor. As Myanmar's reputation suffers, the Myanmar travel industry is vital, not only to help the local business community, but also to dispel misunderstandings about the region and communicate the good side of Myanmar.
Myanmar's policy change and economic opening have increased the number of visitors to the state. Myanmar has attracted nearly 5 million visitors in 2015, but in 2016 this figure fell to less than 3 million. As the reigning National League for Democracy (NLD) named U Ohn Maung, a hotel owner, Secretary of State for Hotel and Tourist, this step was widely commended and sent out a good news about the NLD government's priorities for this area.
Success in the tourist industry is clearly reflected in the FDI numbers. FDI in Myanmar's tourist industry in 2011 was $1.14 billion, divided among 36 different types of project. That went up to nearly $3 billion in 2016, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. In 2016, a total of $3 billion was spent in the United States. Also, the tourist industry has a part to play in about 1.
In 2016, 5 million gigs, while tourism revenues amounted to an estimate of $2. 2 billion. Will India, which has historical ties to Myanmar, be able to discover similar possibilities with Myanmar? In Bihar state, India could link Bodh Gaya, Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh) and the up-and-coming Indian city of Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) with Myanmar's places of Buddhism.
Besides India's buddhistic places, a prospective Indian-Myanmar tourism circle could also encompass historic places in Myanmar. A number of important historic places of interest to India's tourism are in Yangon, such as the temple of the last Mogul emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was banished to Myanmar by the British.
Given the growing importance India attaches to the grouping of Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam (CMLV countries), the feasibility of a Cambodia-Myanmar-India tour can also be examined. Firstly, Myanmar is facing a perceptual issue. Before the Rohingya crises, Myanmar was unable to draw tourist due to a shortage of people.
Notwithstanding the fact that there are important historic places in Myanmar and the land has enormous promise of becoming a first-class traveler. Secondly, Myanmar is currently over priced in comparison to neighbouring Thailand and Cambodia. That is one of the causes why Myanmar has failed against its neighbours, especially Cambodia.
To encourage foreign visitors, Myanmar's hotels need serious consideration. Thirdly, it is essential to improve Myanmar-India flight connections before stimulating bi-lateralism or establishing a possible touristic cord. Burma has good flight connections with destinations such as Thailand, but there is a need for more non-stop services with India.
Besides Bodh Gaya, other important Buddhist places in India need more connections to Yangon. Joint promotion of the tourist industry may be a difficult challenge, but the possibilities for co-operation are enormous. In Myanmar, India has been playing a beneficial part in supporting Myanmar in areas such as developing capacities and trying to establish a comprehensive relation, not a transaction-based one.
Closer co-operation in the field of travel will only reinforce links between peoples and intensify the links between the two states.