Myanmar tourism industry could double in the next decade

Tourists enjoy a boat trip across Inle Lake
Tourists enjoy a boat trip across Inle Lake

FRENCH based online hotel booking agent, Jovago, has made it known that the Myanmar tourism industry could expand by two-fold within the coming decade.
“Myanmar is a top destination within the world tourism industry for its beautiful scenery and friendly people.” says Hugo Schleicher, Myanmar country manager for Jovago.
The Myanmar tourism industry grew by fifty per cent between 2013-15 and is anticipated to grow even further in 2016.
“Myanmar is leapfrogging in growth. Year after year the number of tourists [visiting the country] and tour guide companies operating are increasing. It’s expanded about ten fold [in recent years]. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout this coming year.” said U Thet Lwin Toe, chair of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
It is known that the increase in development of basic building infrastructure is mainly because of the tourism industry.
“The Myanmar tourism industry is the most important thing for the country. It must be prioritised which ever government comes to power.” said U Htun Myat, central executive of the Myanmar Tour Guides Association.
The total number of foreign tourists entering Myanmar during 2015 equated to 4.8 million, up by a million on those that entered the country throughout the year prior.

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