Myanmar stands first in Skyscanner’s prediction of top 10 destinations for 2015

Photo of a small island taken from a boat in the middle of Kisspanadi River (Kaladan River) in Rakhine State, western part of Myanmar.
Photo of a small island taken from a boat in the middle of Kisspanadi River (Kaladan River) in Rakhine State, western part of Myanmar.

Myanmar ranks first in the list of top 10 destinations for 2015 according to the recent prediction of travel search site Skyscanner.
The forecast of the Edinburgh-based travel search firm said Myanmar would be the next’s year hottest destination as Skyscanner’s data found a 59 percent increase in flight searches for Myanmar. It also said Japan sees 26 percent and Sri Lanka 19 percent search increase.
In its top destination list, Myanmar stands first followed by Greece, Iceland, Brazil, Panama, New Caledonia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Nicaragua and Japan.
Four countries in the Asia Pacific make the Skyscanner’s list. South Korea ranks seventh while Sri Lanka comes in eighth and Japan tenth respectively after Myanmar that tops list of top 10 destinations for Aussie travelers next year.
The list of top 10 destinations that will surge in popularity in 2015 emerged following some research Skyscanner did on where to travel to next
year by travelers from Australia. Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte said, “The result is a robust picture of the hottest destinations for Aussies next year and hopefully something to inspire travelers around the country.”
Founded in 2001, Skyscanner now has more than 30 million searches to the site every month worldwide.
With flight searches from Australia up by 56%, Myanmar will be welcoming hordes of travelers in 2015, the firm commented, saying that the country’s luxury accommodation offer is set to boom with some of the travel industry’s biggest names rushing to move in. By 2017, the Hilton Group plans to have five new hotels, while Shangri-La Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Groups and Best Western are all in planning stages, it added.
According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, tourist arrivals in Myanmar increased 43 percent with 1,604,746 tourists who entered the country from 1 January to 31 July, 2014 compared with 1,121,795 visitors in the same period last year.
Myanmar government has predicted 3 million arrivals in 2014 and 5 million in 2015.

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