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Myanmar gears up for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019

Hla Myint, Director International and Regional Cooperation Department (left) and Myo Thwin, Vice President Myanmar Tourism Federation, Myanmar Tourism Marketing.

Last year the Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for tourists to visit the country as a next step to open up to the world.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019, with “ASEAN: The Power of One” as main theme, takes place from January 14th to 18th in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) provides an excellent platform for Myanmar among international delegates and media to showcase its diverse range of new and exciting tourism products, services and events of the country.

ASEAN is a region full of diversity – languages, cultures, traditions, and people – but also with many things in common, such as the desire to grow in the tourism sector. ATF at its core recognises that ASEAN is stronger and more compelling as one collective destination. The region offers countless exciting experiences in a seamless journey of different identities, an important proposition that has kept ASEAN’s appeal strong throughout the world.

Last year the Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for tourists to visit the country as a next step to open up to the world. Japanese, South Korean, Hong Kong and Macau tourists were granted visa-free entry and Chinese and Indian nationals were also granted visas-on-arrival (VOA) into Myanmar in a move to attract more Asian tourism into the country.

The government also allowed all nationalities to enter Myanmar through the two overland borders: Tamu and Rih Khaw Dar and continue to travel overland to Thailand and use any of the four Thailand borders to exit Myanmar. These 2 border points offer easy access for further exploring into the country.

Although 2018 has been a challenging year for Myanmar Tourism, high hopes and strong belief remain across the country that tourism will bring positive change to this culturally diverse nation.

“We do hope that all these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world to discover the unique Myanmar culture, nature and most of all the diversity and hospitality of the people,” said Ms May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson.

As usual, the ATF holds the Tourism Ministers Meeting, the National Tourism Authority’s Leadership Meeting, the TRAVEX Travel Fair and other events. Today, 17th January, there is a Myanmar Media Briefing at ATF and will give a presentation to the media on update information of tourism sector in the country. Myanmar Tourism Marketing has invited travel journalists and Instagrammers to visit the country and organize media trips for publications that are interested to show and share their experiences.

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