August 19, 2016

Hot-air balloon trips over Bagan a hit with tourists

Hot air balloon over Bagan. Photo: Reuters
Hot air balloon over Bagan. Photo: Reuters

HOT-AIR balloon trips over the skies of Bagan, a cultural heritage city, have seen an increase in passengers year by year, reaching 17,802 in 2014, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The balloon business there has seen consistently increasing income, reaching US$4.23 million in 2014, a substantial increase from the US$ 0.97 million gained from 4,886 passengers in 2010.
More than 20 hot-air balloons belonging to three private companies are in the air every day in Bagan, one of the country’s most popular and lucrative tourist attractions.
It can cost between $250 to $380 USD for a person to enjoy Bagan’s aerial views dotted with thousands of pagodas constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries.
According to the Travel & Tourism Economic Impact-2015 report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council, more than K3 billion from the tourism sector boosted the country’s GDP, making up 4.8 per cent of the total.
The travel and tourism sector has created more than 505,000 job opportunities in 2014 and it is expected that the sector can find jobs for a further 536,000 people in 2015.


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