Ocean tourism generates record foreign revenues

KAWTHOUNG – Ocean tourism in the Myeik Archipelago in Kawthoung District, Taninthayi Region, generated more than US$85,000 in December – a record high – according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Kawthoung District.

Numbers of visitors exceeds 3 million

More than three million tourists visited Myanmar in 2014, which is more than the number predicted by the Hotel and Tourism Ministry.

The ministry expected at least three million tourists to visit in 2014. 

“It is slightly more than the estimated number. But we are working to confirm the exact number,” a spokesperson from the ministry said.

Myanmar’s revenue from tourism is expected to have reached US$1 billion in 2014.

Of the more than 3 million visitors, 70 per cent were from Asia, and the rest were from the West, Africa and Middle East.

Inle Night Market to be upgraded to attract foreigners

A vendor seen in the Inle Night Market (Photo/EMG)

YANGON–With the aim of attracting tourists and promoting Myanmar’s tourism industry, Inle Night Market situated in Northern Shan State, will be upgraded in early January 2015, according to the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association.“We have a plan to upgrade the night market in early January. However, we will first discuss it with locals and authorities.