Domestic travel picks up pace in late February, early March

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Some domestic travellers seen in Inlay Lake, Shan State.

The number of domestic travellers has increased since late February and early March, according to travel agents.
With the gradual recovery in the post-COVID-19 era, Myanmar’s tourism sector has now gained significant momentum to rise again.
“When basic education school examinations were over in mid-February, the number of travellers increased steadily. Since late February and early March, the number of domestic travellers has increased significantly. Many people travelled after contacting tour companies. Hotels and guesthouses on the beaches were full. Some hotels require early bookings. Compared to last summer, it is an improvement,” said U Naung Naung Han, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
Seeing the recovery of the local tourism sector this year, some hotels that were closed for various reasons have started to reopen, while some even have plans to make more rooms available.
“Some suspended hotels have reopened with more extended rooms. As we all work with a focus on this summer, the outlook for the local visitors’ sector is quite promising,” he added.
However, local tourism may experience the usual downturn from the beginning of May as basic education schools reopen and agricultural activities resume in the pre-monsoon season.
“There are fewer local travellers during the rainy season. March, April and the Thingyan holidays are the peak periods for domestic tourism. We will be entering that peak soon. So, we are busy preparing for it, and the potentials are great,” he commented. — Thit Taw/ZN/ED

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