According to the second five-year National Development Plan (from the 2016-2017 where to stay in myanmar 2020-2021 fiscal years), Myanmar's tourism industry will see over 7 million tourist arrivals and generate more than US$9 billion from 2017 to 2021.

The Ministry of best hotels myanmar and Tourism has estimated Myanmar will welcome 5,060,000 tourist arrivals in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and that average spending by tourists would amount to more than US$3 billion.

The tourism industry has been prioritized under Myanmar's reform process, as the country has the ability to generate a high level of income and create more new job opportunities for its residents. The Ministry of best hotels myanmar and Tourism plans to grant more licenses for guest houses, tours and tour guides.

The emerging destination is experiencing a surge in international tourism, welcoming 1 million visitors for the first time in 2012, followed by 2 million arrivals in 2013 and 3 million in 2014. Around 4.68 million tourists visited in 2015.

Among the newest air links to Myanmar is a twice daily flight linking Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport) with Myanmar's largest city Yangon, launched by Thai Lion Air in July, 2016.

On the product front, January 2016 saw the much-anticipated launch of new luxury Myanmar river cruises operated by The Strand Cruise. These three and four night cruises between Bagan and Mandalay - with weekly departures in each direction - are marketed as voyages of discovery on which passengers enjoy a blend of exceptional comfort, discreet personalized service and the latest technology aboard a 61-metre purpose-built cruise ship. The cruise itineraries include visits to palaces, monasteries and remote villages along the Ayeyarwady River.

With The Strand Hotel in Yangon being its sister property, the Strand Cruise is the latest embodiment of the Strand legacy. It aims to mirror the legendary style and heritage of the world-renowned, colonial-era hotel.

In celebration of the inaugural season of Myanmar luxury cruises in 2016, the Strand Cruise is offering fare promotions for cruise departures from September to December.

For those searching for a September getaway, Strand Cruise is offering a 25 percent discount off the regular fare. As a part of this promotion each individual can still expect the same great services including, three meals daily, complimentary soft drinks, local beer and house wine, as well as breakfast on the first day of sailing. Additionally, complimentary Wi-Fi is included in all cabins. Guests are welcome to kick back and relax in public areas featuring a satellite Internet connection and daily newspapers from around the globe. Your English-speaking guide (other languages can be requested) will provide expertise on all sights and attractions as stated in the set itineraries. Friendly shuttle service with transportation to and from the airport is also included.

A fare discount of 30 percent is being offered for select Strand Cruise departures in October, November and December. Included are complimentary transfers to and from the point of embarkation and disembarkation, and all excursions and onboard activities (Balloons over Bagan is additional).

Another offer rewards those who book a Strand Cruise voyage between now and the end of 2017 with complimentary roundtrip air fare from Yangon to and from their cruise. This offer is valid for bookings which combine a cruise with a stay at The Strand Hotel in Yangon.