With the tourism industry booming globally, Myanmar expects to attract seven million tourists in 2020.
In his address at the ceremony to mark 2016 World Tourism Day held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, Vice President U Henry Van Thio said that as long as those involved in tourism are working with a sense of responsibility and accountability, the tourism industry will progress.
Myanmar has seen its tourism sector improve year after year, receiving 4.6 million visitors in 2015, with arrivals expected to reach 7 million in 2020, according to the vice president.
Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is implementing community-based tourism development projects as an initiative for the progress of tourism at designated areas nationwide.
The ministry is making arrangements for travelers to observe traditions and customs of local people and to enjoy the ways of ethnic people, it is learnt.
The tourism industry has been universally recognized as the world’s biggest and most rapidly developing business, he said.
According to the World Tourism Organization, it was estimated that the industry managed to create one-eleventh of global job opportunities, especially for women and youths.
Moreover, the industry has been creating jobs for skilled and semi-skilled employees both in urban and rural areas.
In 2015, the number of globetrotters was found to have reached up to 1,184 million, increasing by 5 per cent compared to that of 2014. A forecast for 2020 is 1.4 billion and 1.8 billion for 2030. As per the expectation of the World Tourism Organization, 540 million tourists will visit the Asia-Pacific region in 2030, occupying 30 per cent of the world market, added the vice president.
Following the address of U Henry Van Thio, Mr Rory Nungouen, Laison Officer of ILO, read out the message sent by the UN Secretary-General and showed a video recorded by the General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization.
Union Ministers awarded prizes to winners in an essay contest, extemporaneous speaking, Myanmar’s Wonder Land photo contest and the best hotel and tourism agencies for best service.
The vice president and dignitaries visited the booth displaying the prize-winning photo.—Myanmar News Agency