Outgoing Tourism Minister Predicts over 4.5 Million Tourists in Myanmar in 2015

Burmese kid in Mandalay

Myanmar is due to see more than the expected 4.5 million international travellers in 2015, indicated the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism a week ago. According to the Union of Myanmar outgoing union Minister of Tourism U Htay Aung to the newspaper ‘New Light of Myanmar’, the country already received 4.2 million international tourists up to November. This represents 1.2 million more travellers than for the same period of 2014.

The new number could now be between 4.7 and 4.8 million travellers while 2016 would see five million international visitors coming to the country. A major boost is expected following the official inauguration of the new government.

Meanwhile, the World Travel and Tourism Council forecasts Myanmar to become one of the top tourism destinations over the next decade and forecast that the GDP from travel and tourism will grow to at least 2.7% by 2025. It is forecast the industry will create over a million jobs by 2025. The country’s tourism industry generated USD 1.14 billion in 2014, up from USD 534 million in 2012. The total number of hotel rooms grew by 800 units between August and October.