Myanmar expects 5 million tourists in 2020

Myanmar expects to achieve its target of attracting 5 million tourists in 2020, even as fears about the deadly coronavirus that originated in China cast a long shadow over the travel industry.

Myanmar received 4.4 million visitors last year, a 23% climb from 2018 powered by surging Asian arrivals, according to government data. The number of Chinese tourists more than doubled.

The industry accounts for about 7% of the economy and supports over 1 million jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.

© Times of U