A number of foreign cruise ships now dock in Myanmar, boosting the Myanmar tourism industry, according to the hotels and tourism industry.
A total of 12 foreign cruise ships have either docked or will dock at Yangon jetty from January to April 2018. The 12 foreign cruise ships include seven US cruise liners, two German cruise liners, one British cruise liner and two Japan cruise liners.
The MV Silver Shadow cruise ship, with more than 300 passengers from the United States, arrived at Myanmar Integrated Port Limited (MIPL), Thilawa, in Yangon to dock here from 18 to 20 March. The MV Black Watch cruise ship, with 475 passengers, most of them British, will arrive at MIPL in Yangon from 20 to 22 March, while the MV Amadea cruise ship, with more than 400 passengers, most of them German, will arrive at MIPL from 22 to 24 March, said an official from Myanmar Voyages Tourism Company.
Through arrangement with Myanmar Voyages Tourism Company, ships from the Japan-based MV Ocean cruise line, the US Crystal cruise line and the MV. Azamara Journey cruise line will also dock in Myanmar in April.
The number of tourists arriving in Myanmar is likely to decline 25 per cent in 2018, owing to the impact of foreign media. However, foreign cruise ships can help promote the Myanmar tourism industry, said U Thet Lwin Toe, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.