Myanmar expects 7.5 million tourists by 2020

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Myanmar expects to welcome 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020, significantly up from the 2.91 million who visited the country last year, Tint Thwin, the director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told media.

“The government is cooperating with the private sector to achieve the target,” he said, adding that border tourism is being promoted in cooperation with neighbouring countries through the 11 border gates, five each with China and Thailand and one with India.

However, last year’s number were in fact a decline of 38 per cent from the 4.68 million registered visitors in 2015 owing to a data collecting system by the ministry which no longer includes day trippers with border passes.

In the first two months of this year, foreign tourist numbers increased 22 per cent over the same period of last year to more than 600,000.

Since 2015, the ministry allowed 144 hotels with 6,169 rooms to open.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism sector in Myanmar created 1.45 million jobs last year and contributed $3.2 billion to the country’s economy.

However, the number is still low compared to Myanmar’s peers in the region, led by tourism champion Thailand which counted 32 million international visitors last year and forecasts a whopping 60 million by 2030. Malaysia came second in Southeast Asia with around 26 million visitor arrivals last year, followed by Singapore with 16. 4 million, Indonesia with 12 million, Vietnam with ten million, the Philippines with six million. Cambodia with five million and Laos with 4.5 million. Brunei is the least visited country in Southeast Asia with 256,000 visitors last year.

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Myanmar expects to welcome 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020, significantly up from the 2.91 million who visited the country last year, Tint Thwin, the director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told media.

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Myanmar expects to welcome 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020, significantly up from the 2.91 million who visited the country last year, Tint Thwin, the director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told media.

“The government is cooperating with the private sector to achieve the target,” he said, adding that border tourism is being promoted in cooperation with neighbouring countries through the 11 border gates, five each with China and Thailand and one with India.

However, last year’s number were in fact a decline of 38 per cent from the 4.68 million registered visitors in 2015 owing to a data collecting system by the ministry which no longer includes day trippers with border passes.

In the first two months of this year, foreign tourist numbers increased 22 per cent over the same period of last year to more than 600,000.

Since 2015, the ministry allowed 144 hotels with 6,169 rooms to open.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism sector in Myanmar created 1.45 million jobs last year and contributed $3.2 billion to the country’s economy.

However, the number is still low compared to Myanmar’s peers in the region, led by tourism champion Thailand which counted 32 million international visitors last year and forecasts a whopping 60 million by 2030. Malaysia came second in Southeast Asia with around 26 million visitor arrivals last year, followed by Singapore with 16. 4 million, Indonesia with 12 million, Vietnam with ten million, the Philippines with six million. Cambodia with five million and Laos with 4.5 million. Brunei is the least visited country in Southeast Asia with 256,000 visitors last year.

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