Tourists arrivals rise by 1 million each year on average

With the consistent rise in tourist arrivals every year, Myanmar has drawn a master plan for 2013 to 2020, when it expects about 7 million visitors.

Tourist arrivals into Myanmar increased by 52 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014.
The Myanmar tourism industry grew by 50 per cent between 2013 and 2015, and is anticipated to grow even more in 2016.

Jovago, a French online hotel booking agency, has announced that the Myanmar tourism industry could expand twofold within the coming decade.

“Myanmar is a top destination within the world tourism industry for its beautiful scenery and friendly people,” said Hugo Schleicher, the Myanmar country manager for Jovago.

Tourist arrivals have been increasing in the country from 1.6 million in 2012 to 4.68 million last year, with a difference of more than a million each year, on average. The number of visitors increased 1.5 fold last year compared to 2014.

However, Myanmar’s tourist arrivals are still lower than other countries in the region; neighbouring Thailand receives about 24 million international tourists each year. China receives around 100 million, and Malaysia 30 million, each year.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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