The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects international tourists from Russia, China and India in the
upcoming tourism peak season this year. The ministry is joining hands with private businesspersons to
effectuate the development in the tourism sector. The ministry expects arrivals of 150,000-200,000 Russian tourists this season. The ministry is exerting concerted efforts with the stakeholders in the industry to welcome Russian travellers to Myanmar under the “Welcome Russia Programme in Myanmar”.
“There is a promising prospect of tourism development at present. We must accelerate efforts in the
post-COVID-19 pandemic to attract Russians to eye Myanmar as a potential travel destination as Myanmar has strengthened ties with Russia. In addition to Russia, we offer a Visa on Arrival service for Chinese and Indian travellers. We expect an influx of tourist arrivals. We will endeavour to enhance tourism. We are primarily cooperating with the private sector. We are trying to support the stakeholders in the industry engaged in hotel, restaurant and tour agencies,” Union Minister Dr Thet Thet Khine of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism gave a remark at the launching ceremony of the Yangon-Mandalay-Novosibirsk maiden flight held on 5 September.
Myanmar-Russia direct aviation connectivity will surely promote tourism. It will also bring about
business opportunities for those engaged in the tourism sector as high tourism season is approaching, she added. Besides the current Yangon-Mandalay-Novosibirsk direct flight, Myanmar Airways International will expand its wings to St Petersburg, Moscow and other 11 cities in China including Beijing by long-haul flights using Airbus A330.
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar