The number of Bangladeshi tourists will mark a sharp jump as new both Dhaka and Yangon are working to boost the sector.
Sources said some leading Bangladeshi businessmen have started visiting neighbouring country as the newly-elected government has promised to give various incentives to foreign investors.
A total of 3,654 Bangladeshis visited Myanmar in 2014 as against a total of 1981 Bangladeshis in 2013.
Following the peacefully held a credible parliament election by the military regime in Myanmar, tour operators are expecting a jump in tourist arrival in the ASEAN country.
“Since 2010, when Myanmar opened for foreign investment, many global investors are now setting-up their businesses in Myanmar, especially on oil, gas, energy, mineral, telecommunication, banking, infrastructure, tourism and many other sectors,” an expert said emphasizing the necessity of direct flights from Dhaka.
Meanwhile, a total of 1131624 tourists visited Myanmar in 2014 year as the total contribution to the travel and tourism sector of the Southeast Asian country is estimated at 3.216 billion US dollars, according to Myanmar Tourism Statistics 2014.
Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and other Asian countries constitute 71.39 per cent of the total tourists in Myanmar.
West Europe shares 15.51 per cent of total tourists, North America 6.62 per cent, East Europe 1.20 per cent, Middle-east countries 0.42 per cent.
Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma, has been a hotbed of hotel activity lately, in terms of both visitor numbers and hotel investment.
The Myanmar tourism industry accounted for 4.2 percent of the overall gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. It created about 6.5 percent of the total job opportunities.
There are over 1,000 hotels including inns, motels and guest houses owned by local businessmen, most of which are located in Yangon, the commercial hub of Myanmar.
There is a total of 39 foreign-invested hotels and commercial complexes across the country including Yangon and Mandalay Region.
Amid the surge in tourist arrival, the number of tourism companies also increased, reaching 1,623 in 2014.
To boost regional tourism, Myanmar will host the 34th annual ASEAN Tourism Forum for the first time from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29 which is expected to be attended by some 1,500 participants from 40 countries, including tourism ministers and officials, ASEAN exhibitors and international buyers, as well as local and international media circle.-Asfar