Under the Covid-19 Tourism Relief Plan recently launched by the ministry, domestic tourism will resume soon to help 20 to 25 per cent of the tourism sector recover.
The tourism ministry and Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry are in talks to reopen the pagodas and cultural sites so as to restart domestic tourism very soon.
Meanwhile, regional tourism will resume in the fourth quarter of this year, by creating travel bubbles with neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, the official said.
The ministry is expecting Asian tourism with countries like China and Japan in early 2021, looking at 50 to 60 percent recovery of the industry while international tourism is expected to come back in early 2022 with 80 to 90 percent recovery.
The relief plan consists of three main strategies which are survival - self-finance and stimulus package, reopening - relaxation of lockdown and quarantine and re-launching - reinventing Myanmar tourism and relaxing of regulation accordingly with respective timelines.
Under the plan, the ministry has taken measures such as waiving one-year license fees, deferring lease fees charged to affected state-owned hotels for six months, organising online training, daily allowance paid training and COVID-19 Relief Package training, and running Digital Marketing Campaign, Branding Strategy and E-commerce websites.
As Myanmar is seeing fewer numbers of local Covid-19 transmissions, a total of 1,074 hotels, or 50 percent of total numbers of hotels across the country, have reopened after getting health and safety inspection passes as of Friday, the ministry's official said.
"We will resume our domestic tour operations after all hotels and destinations are reopened in the country. We are receiving many daily queries for foreign trips such as medical checkups abroad, but we have no idea when the outbound tours can be resumed," Nilar Win, managing director of Direct Go Travels and Tours Co Ltd, told Xinhua.
As of Saturday morning, the country has reported 286 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with six deaths, according to latest figures released by the Health and Sports Ministry. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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