San Htoo Aung
Vice President Henry Van Thio says the country’s hotel rates are still higher than other countries.
He said this on January 20 during a formal meeting between the Vice President, who also serves as chairman of the Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry, and local hoteliers.
They discussed the hotel business in the country and future plans for the industry.
The committee was formed last year to deal with the respective ministries and departments of states and regions for the development of the tourism sector. It’s tasked with boosting tourism development in rural areas, and in turn improving the living standards of those areas.
It also plans to work with foreign organisations to obtain the latest technologies.
More than 2.9 million foreign visitors visited Myanmar in 2016. As of the end of October 2017, a total of 3.1 million foreign visitors had visited – an increase of 20 per cent compared to the same period the previous year, according to sources.
According to the World Tourism Federation, the number of international tourists exceeded 1.2 billion worldwide last year. That number is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.