July 9, 2015
- BY WANWISA NGAMSANGCHAIKIT
- Filed under Myanmar, News
YANGON, 9 July 2015:
Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will target 4.5 to 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015 and 7.5 million by 2020.
Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee chairman, U Phyo Wai Yar Zar, told Myanmar Times that the country’s international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw will reach maximum capacity within five years.
“We need to prepare travel facilities to accommodate this expected rise in numbers and international airlines are expected to increase flights to Myanmar that will put further pressure on airport capacity.”
Yangon International Airport is already undergoing renovations, but facilities at Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports must also be expanded so more flights can land, he said. “Many more tourists will come if our airports can handle flights from around the world. This will help us reach our future tourism targets.”
U Phyo Wai Yar Zar is also joint secretary general of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, which appointed its first overseas representation office in Washington DC, 9 April.
“We hired the Solimar international marketing company to promote Myanmar itineraries in the US,” he said, adding that future representation would be considered in Japan. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Myo Win Nyunt, said the ministry is working to meet tourism arrival goals by implementing the Tourism Master Plan 2013 to 2020 and by working with relevant ministries to open new border crossings and improve transportation.
“New border crossings will open this year, and transportation from the Myawady border crossing in Kayin State will also improve, so this should help tourism numbers increase,” he said. He added that tourism arrivals from January to May had exceeded 1 million, but it was too early to tell if the target of 4.5 to 5 million would be achieved by the end of the year.
Last year, the country welcomed 3.08 million international tourists increasing 51% from 2.04 million visits in 2013.
REF : TTR WEEKLY
Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8 From August3 To August 9, 2015