Myanmar tourism to focus on quality of service

Myanmar on the way to reach record 4.5 million arrivals
Tourist arrivals are rising rapidly in Myanmar. In 2015 they are expected to reach 4.5 million, surpassing the previous records of 2.1 million visitors in 2013 and 3.8 million last year.
From January to September this year, Yangon alone recorded 759,181 arrivals, representing a 25% rise from the same period last year.
Around 73% of visitors to Yangon were from Asian countries (564,023), with 108,542 originating from Thailand – the largest single group by nationality – followed by China (71,645), Japan (63,970) and South Korea (44,471).
Europeans accounted for 113,379 visitors, led by the UK (24,053), followed by France (23,840) and Germany (16,970).
“Since arrivals are continuously increasing, we should focus more on quality of service in order to cater to increasing demands,” said Htay Aung, minister of hotels and tourism. He added that Myanmar now has a total of 47 hotel FDI projects providing 9,030 rooms.
Despite the growth, Phyu Phyu Mar, managing partner of Seven Star Tours, believes Myanmar still has plenty to offer visitors. “There are a lot more places we can promote as new destinations. For example, Kachin State, Sagaing Region and Nan Yung and Pan Saung where the Naga tribes are living are potential places to attract more visitors in the future.”
TTG Asia


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