THAILAND, MYANMAR AGREE TO COOPERATE
Thailand and Myanmar have signed a collaboration deal to promote tourism routes connecting ancient cities of the two countries in preparation for a travel boom expected from Asean. Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) earlier this month signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Myanmar authorities to foster sustainable and cultural travel routes connecting old cities in both countries. Under the MoU, Dasta and authorities of Myeik, located in southern Myanmar, will together develop and promote tourism plans by linking historical sites from the ancient Dvaravati period, a powerful kingdom that flourished from the 6th to the 11th centuries.
(Source: Bangkok Post, April 19, 2019)
The collaboration between Thai and Myanmar authorities to implement sustainable travel routes connecting historical cities along the border can be a win-win initiative for both countries. According to the official figures in 2018, Myanmar received 3.55 million foreign tourists with majority of them entering from China and Thailand. As Myanmar continues to extend visa on arrival services to multiple countries in Asia and Europe, cross-border arrivals to and from Myanmar are also expected to increase moving forward. As Thailand had over 38 million foreign tourists last year, Myanmar has a lot to gain from the cross-country interlinkages with Thailand. Colliers urge Myanmar hoteliers to take advantage of this opportunity by strengthening the ties with tour agents dedicated to Thailand and offering more destination management services for visitors.