Domestic tourism industry sees comeback

YANGON – Myanmar’s domestic tourism industry is booming due to increasing numbers of local travellers interested in visiting their own country. 

Nearly five million Myanmar tourists have visited local destinations and sites this year, according to a local tour company.

“Myanmar people now like travelling. In previous tourism season, they visited famous places like Chaungtha and Ngwesaung beaches, Shwe Set Taw, Ah Laungdaw Kathapha and  Kyaikhteeyoe pagodas as well as Taunggyi, Inlay Lake and Bagan pagoda. The numbers of local visitors are now increasing,” said Than Htay, chairman of the domestic pilgrimage and tour entrepreneurs’ association.

Domestic tour services declined back in 2011 but have bounced back with record numbers of local tourists keen on visiting local sites and destinations. Last summer season there were 4.5 million local travellers, which was up from 3.5 million in 2012.

Tour companies are now planning visits to Loikaw in Kayah State, Thantaung and Myainggyingu regions in Kayin State.

“Although it is now rainy season, the central regions hardly get rain. Some travellers used to go the upper regions because the roads are good condition. Now we have to go Kyaikhteesaung pagoda in Mon State,” said Than Htay, a tour operator.

Taunggyi, Inlay Lake, Pintaya, Bagan, Poppa, Ah Laungtaw Kathapha, Shwe Set Taw, Kyaikhteeyoe pagodas and Chaungtha beach are high on the list of domestic travel agencies.

Source : Eleven Myanmar