August 19, 2016

Myanmar tourism expected to increase in post-election period

Tourists are seen in downtown Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Tourists are seen in downtown Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Htay Aung said on Saturday at Yangon’s National Management College that he expects more tourists to visit during the current post-election period, although tourism during December is usually low in Myanmar. He was participating in a discussion on ‘The Development of Tourism in Myanmar and its Potential’, hosted by the college.
Myanmar’s general election was held on 8 November across the country.
“Tourism in Myanmar has been increasing yearly. Not only via airports; they now come in through border gates. In previous years, they didn’t usually visit Myanmar during the December holidays. But this year, during the post-election period, the number of tourists has increased,” said the minister.
Up to November this year, 4.2 million foreign tourists have visited Myanmar, and it this figure is expected to reach 4.7 million by the end of the year.  The number of tourists is expected to reach five million by the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year on 31 March 2016, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
“The lowest number of tourists comes during the raining season. But when we develop the northern areas, where there are snow-peaked mountains, and the archipelagos of the south, more tourists will visit all year round.  The government, the private sector and the public must participate in these efforts, which will boost incomes for everyone,” added the minister.
The rise in the number of tourists in recent years has also been facilitated by more accessible visas and the opening of border gates.—Zaw Gyi (Panita)


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