In the year 2013, 0.2 million tourists visited Mandalay. In the first four months of 2014, eighty thousand arrived, so 12% increased by comparing, announced by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT).
The tourist arrivals in Mandalay is decreased as the rainy season is started and we have to wait till August for good business, said tour guides residing in Mandalay.
The tourists coming to Mandalay are increasing year after year. Hotels and rooms are also extended up to 114 hotels with 4876 rooms in 2014. “More airlines have direct flight to Myanmar. If we innovate further new trips, the tourist arrivals will be increased double in the coming year. The visitors to Mandalay go to Pyin-Oo-Lwin as one day trip. We should have long- term recreation plan” said the responsible person of MOHT.
The Master Plan for Myanmar tourism covering the period from 2013 to 2020 estimated invest to use US $ 486.60 million and arrivals up to 7 million in 2020 year.
Source from traveller journal, June 9 to 15, 2014