Myanmar has emerged in recent years as a sought-after tourist destination in a region known for its tourism attractions. Since the country opened its doors through political reform in 2011, many have been attracted to its diverse landscapes, rich culture and heritage. While infrastructure challenges remain, and low hotel occupancy rates affect small businesses, a decline in visitors from Western countries has had the biggest impact on the industry recently. However, damage has been limited by increased tourist numbers from elsewhere in Asia, aided by policy developments offering visas on arrival and visa-free entry to visitors from many Asian countries. Sitting at the crossroads between India, China and South-east Asia, Myanmar is well positioned to capitalise on tourist flows from and through these huge markets.
This chapter contains interviews with U Aung Myo Min Din, Chairman, Myanmar Hotelier Association; and U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotels and Tourism.