Myanmar govt to issue safety certificates to hotels, tourist spot

To aid the recovery from COVID-19, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will issue safety certificates to hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations in Myanmar to show they are trustworthy and meet international standards, Minister U Ohn Maung told an online meeting on October 19.

Rehabilitating the country’s tourism industry after COVID-19 requires that Myanmar reassure visitors that it is a healthy and safe destination, he said.

“This will be very helpful for tour companies when they reopen. Now hotels and travel businesses have changed in accordance with social distancing requirements and health guidelines,” said hotel and tourism businessman U Myo Win Than.

The tourism industry, which has completely stopped worldwide, can only restart next year, the UN’s World Tourism Organization has said, and may take 2-8 years to fully recover.

Due to recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Myanmar, airlines and travel businesses are still suspended.

According to the UN agency’s statistics, international tourist arrivals in the first half of 2020 declined 440 million, or 65 percent, cost the country US$469 billion in revenue, and left many people unemployed making the sector one of Myanmar’s worst affected by the pandemic.

Source : Myanmar Times

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