Few tourists stay overnight in Magway Region

The Ayeyawady bridge (Magway).  Photo: Zeyya Tu (Magway)
The Ayeyawady bridge (Magway).  Photo: Zeyya Tu (Magway)

Although a total of 20,000 tourists visit Myanmar annually, few tourists stay overnight in the Magway Region, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
There are a total of 38 hotels in the region, and 3,000 tourists stayed in these hotels in a year. A total of 10,000 tourists took a day’s visit to Beikthano and Salay, according to the ministry’s records.
“If we prepare a plan for a two-day visit in the region, more tourists will stay overnight. No such plan is available now, as most tourists make a day’s visit to Myathalun Pagoda, Minbu Sakeinte Pagoda and other sites such as Beikthano and Salay. They stop for the night in Bagan or Pyay but not in Magway. The Magway Region should be able to develop more interesting destinations so tourists stay the night,” said U Myint Sein, an official from the Hotels and Tourism Department.
In 2016, 19,458 tourists arrived in the Magway Region, and 3,234 tourists stayed in the hotels and motels in the region. A total of 11,125 tourists visited the Salay monastery, 93 tourists visited the Beikthano sites, 735 tourists enjoyed community-based tourism (CBT) programmes, while 4,271 tourists arrived in the region through the waterway.
In 2017, a total of 20,150 tourists arrived in the region, and 2,281 tourists stayed in the hotels and motels in the region. A total of 12,607 tourists visited the Salay monastery, 207 tourists visited the Beikthano sites, 760 tourists enjoyed the CBT programmes, while 4,223 tourists arrived in the region through the waterway.
Tourists arriving via water visited the town and slept in a boat. Mostly, they continued their tour through boats after visiting the interesting sites in the region. Tourists who visited Salay monastery and Beikthano sites usually stayed the night in Bagan and Mandalay.
Thus, new and interesting destinations must be developed to promote the tourism sector in the Magway Region. —Zeyya Tu (Magway)

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