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Myanmar introduces e-visa Program to accelerate Tourism growth from September 2014

August 2014, 12
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Myanmar Tourism e-visa Program
The Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, Htay Aung said that the Government of Myanmar is planning to initiate an e-visa program in the September 2014, one month prior to the high season for tourism beginning October 2014.

The officials said that the latest e-visa program is anticipated to speed up the escalation of the nation’s tourism industry, which has observed high profits approximately twice to the previous year. Besides, it is said that through e-visas tourists can visit country more conveniently. 

According to the ministry, industry of tourism has lead to US$534 million profits in 2012 and $926 million in 2013.

A leading part of Myanmar Tourism Master Plan (2013-2020) is an e-visa program with 38 projects. Execution of the plan is anticipated to charge $486 million. Industry executives said that if projected number of traveler arrivals fulfills the targets then the returns will be major. The target set for 2014 is 3.1 million visitor arrivals, which is anticipated to rise over twice to over 7 million by 2020.

The country’s opening had flashed the tourism boom, Htay Aung said. He stated that that around 85% of profits generated by the industry are delivered directly to the people. Tourism industry is likely to produce over US$ 1 billion profits in 2014.

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