22-per-cent increase in tourist arrivals reported in eight months

Nay Rim & Kyaw Myo
The ceremony to mark World Tourism Day is in process in Nay Pyi Taw on October 9.

From January to August, the country received 2.27 million tourist arrivals, a 22 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, said Vice-President Henry Van Thio, at a ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day held in MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

According to the World Tourism Federation, the number of international tourists exceeded 1.2 billion last year. That number is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

“As a result, the country is likely to receive an increasing number of tourists. The number of tourist arrivals reached 2.9 million last year. This year, the number of tourist arrivals is estimated to reach up to 3.5 million. “

Worldwide, the tourism sector accounts for 10 per cent of GDP and for seven per cent of the total export value. Tourism is one of 11 big industries, he added.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is cooperating with respective governmental departments to develop eco-tourism in Myeik Archipelago and community-based projects.

The Vice-President called for the sustainable development of tourism areas and more cooperation between the government and private sector, as tourism may have an impact on other sectors.

Translated by Myo Than