Record arrivals shine light on tourism weakness, warns MTF official

Myanmar needs to improve its tourist services as arrivals have reach a record high, according to Tin Tun Aung, joint-secretary of the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF).

He said: “The country is seeing a tourist boom. We need to offer quality services. There should be better services with lower fees across the whole country. The country recorded tourist arrivals of about 300,000 to 400,000 in 2009. But arrivals are on track to hit 3 million in the second week of December of this fiscal year. The MTF is carrying out the regional development tasks in cooperation with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. More Thai tourists are visiting,” he added.

Tourism revenues amounted to US$905 million so far for this financial year. The 2011-2012 financial year recorded tourist arrivals of 1.6 million with revenues of $534 million and 2012-2013 generated $926 million with 2.04 million arrivals.

Hotels rooms are in high demand with 1,076 hotels and 42,037 rooms across the country. Last year there were 923 hotels with 34,834 rooms, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The ministry is drafting a tourism development project and tourism is a priority sector in the export strategy of the Commerce Ministry.


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