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Myanmar’s 1-2-3 steps to recovery

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Myanmar plans to create “travel bubbles” through bilateral agreements with neighbouring countries.
Myanmar plans to create “travel bubbles” through bilateral agreements with neighbouring countries. Photo Credit: Asian Trails

YANGON - Myanmar has unveiled further details of a three-stage 'Strategic Roadmap for Tourism Recovery'.

The April-June stage, the Survival phase, involved relaxing taxes, reducing licence fees, postponing rental fees and providing low-interest loans for hotels and tourism businesses.

More than 1000 businesses have benefitted from the measures so far, Myanmar Times reports.

In addition, there will be more online training for tourism professionals and staff organised by the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism.

Phase two of the roadmap to recovery, starting this month, will promote domestic travel. Pagodas, museums and parks will reopen in accordance with national guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The third phase will be implemented within six months to a year and includes launching new marketing campaigns and a long-term plan of reinventing Myanmar tourism.

The government plans to create “travel bubbles” through bilateral agreements with Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam when the country reopens.

The Myanmar government has extended the entry ban on travellers from all countries until 15 June 2020.

Myanmar welcomed 4,364,000 visitor arrivals in 2019, up from 3,551,428 in 2018, but visitor numbers dropped by 44% from January to April.

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