The only exception to this was North Korea and it is expected that in the near future the prospect of travel to Burma for many people is going to be significantly improved.
This is something that many potential visitors are probably looking forward to as it is a country that is known for its hospitality and beauty among the few people who have been lucky enough to visit.
It is expected that in 2012, Burma is going to be one of the countries which sees its tourism improve the most. Many popular news outlets have declared that they expect the tourism industry in the country to explode within the next few years. Several travel publications have also highlighted the potential problems that the country will face as the number of visitors increases at a pace that simply can’t be matched by the development of the country’s infrastructure.
The director of tourism in Rangoon has stated, “We expect to receive around 500,000 tourists this year and by 2015 we expect the annual number to be around 1 million people.” Unfortunately, right now the country simply doesn’t have the tourist infrastructure to support this kind of demand. There are only 25,000 hotel rooms in all of Burma and it is expected that only a quarter of these are suitable for tourists.
Officials in the country are looking to their neighbour, Thailand, to see how they handle the huge number of visitors which come to the country every year. Burma have said they are using the Thai model of coping with tourism in order to expand their operation.
The countries are currently working together in order to expand Burma’s tourist capabilities and many of those visitors to the country are flying through Thailand’s international airport. It is expected that it will be several years before Burma has the ability to launch its own international airport which will allow visitors to come to the country much more easily.
Thailand and Burma are very similar countries and they both are predominantly Buddhist. There are historical sites throughout the country’s and Burma has beaches which could easily rival those seen in Thailand. These are very popular among Western tourists and are one of the many reasons why Burma is expected to be a popular tourist destination in the near future.