7.5m tourists expected by 2019

The Hospitality and Tourism Conference. (Photo-EMG)

Tint Thwin, the director general of the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, claims the country will attract investment in major destinations and expects 7.5 million tourists by 2019. 

The Hospitality and Tourism Conference in Yangon was jointly held by the Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Singapore-based Sphere Conferences to boost visitor numbers.

The attendees pointed out the beautiful Myeik Archipelago was inaccessible because its poor infrastructure was holding back tourists. 

Exploring new destinations, conserving cultural heritage and the environment and attracting investment were discussed.

General manager Patricia Cheong of Sphere Conferences said that Myanmar had one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in the world and welcomed over 4.6 million visitors in 2015 which was 52 per cent more than that in 2014.

Tint Thwin said 5.5 million tourists were expected this year.