Tourism in Myanmar has been hampered by many factors – Boycotts, regional conflicts, embergos, unrest, lack of stability and the last but not the least virus and diseases. Hotels and tour companies have been striving for market share from neighboring countries who are giants and regional hubs with 100 times higher tourist arrivals. Tourism companies has been visiting Berlin repeatedly to win European tourists as the North American market is not so favorable to sanctioned Myanmar at that time.
Now that the President of the United States has visited Myanmar (even stayed in Naypyidaw), we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The fruit of steering the course onto Democracy, US business have been eyeing Myanmar as untapped last remaining market in the South East Asia. As the country opens up, variety of tourism services entered Myanmar to help promote to the strangers’ market in the North America. Solimar International is one of them who signed a contract to promote Myanmar Tourism in the North America. The percentage of arrivals from the US constitutes 30% on a Visa Processing site – MyanmarVisa.com.
For a company based in the US, it is not difficult to open a representative office for Myanmar Tourism Federation and help it with the online presence (an Indian company found on Freelancer will definitely charge around 5000$ per year for fairly successful ranking web site with PR and CRM systems) . According to the contract, it will help Myanmar SME tourism companies to connect to American Outbound counterparts. That is why the time is now for Myanmar Tourism companies to make a trip to the US and get the help of Solimar International via Myanmar Tourism Federation and Ministry of Hotels and Tours.
For your information, Don Hawkin is the Chairman of Solimar International who is seen together with Chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee of MTF.