Tourism industry will play an important role

If the implementation of reform process continues, tourism industry will play the major role of the country’s furture economy, creating job opportunities for Myanmar people, according to the experts. 

The tourists’ arrival to Myanmar has increased yearly according to the statistics.

Changes in the political arena called the attentions of the international tourists since 2011. Tourists’ arrival to Myanmar reached over a million for the first time in 2012. And now in 2013, the tourists’ arrival is up compared with that in 2012.

Addressing the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Nay Pyi Taw on June 6, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism U Htay Aung said that the Tourism Master Plan as the roadmap for sustainable tourism development in Myanmar aims the arrival of tourists will reach about 7.5 million in 2020. About 1.4 million job opportunities will be created if the country continues to implement economic, political and social reforms, he said.

Tourism will be the main pillar for Myanmar’s economy and it will create job opportunities for the people, including for those living in underprivileged areas of the country, said Stephen Groff, vice-chairman of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Asian Development Bank (ABD) and Norway will provide Myanmar US$500 million to upgrade its tourism industry, said Htay Aung, Minister for Hotels and Tourism on Thursday at the World Economic Forum on East Asia.

“The ADB and Norway will help implementation of the plan. The master plan includes both short-term and long-term plans. Among the projects, 21 are the crucial,” said Minister Htay Aung.

In 2012, tourist arrivals have remarkably increased leading to the need for the number of tourist guides, hotel staff and other hotel related jobs’ vacancy. Now the tourism industry becomes a popular job for the youth.

Investors from Asia and Europe to in Myanmar tourism industry has also risen. Some projects for tourism sector did not go ahead in the past due to various reasons. But, the tourism businesses are now getting back on the track.

Our project will create thousands of job opportunities for the locals, helping to fulfill millions of dollars to the Yangon’s annual budget, said Dong Nguyen Duc of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group of Vietnam who made investment in hotels and economic infrastructure.

The tourism industry saw difficulties in 2007 and at that time the youths working in the hotels and tourism fields left Myanmar and went abroad to see jobs, it is reported.