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Myanmar Seeking Return of Foreign Tourists by Early 2022

  • Southeast Asian nation plans ‘travel bubbles’ with neighbors
  • Death toll from ongoing political violence continues to rise
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Myanmar’s military government is moving to reopen its tourism sector to foreigners early next year, seeking to lure visitors from Asia amid an easing Covid outbreak even as the death toll from political violence continues to rise.

The government is betting on travel arrangements with countries including Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung said in an interview last week. The recent lifting of a ban on inter-provincial travel and a slew of traditional holidays have already spurred some locals to go on vacation, he said.