Naypyidaw, May 1: The Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) has decided to impose a tourism tax on visitors. This step will help to raise fund for country’s tourism promotion activities. This was decided by tourism development committee during a meeting with the hotels and tourism ministry.
The chairman of the committee U Yan Win announced the decision to local media. Every tourist including visitors with business visa would have to pay US$1 each per night when they stay at hotels or guest houses.
The tourism wants to raise money for promotion without relying on governments. “I think it will take about six months for the government to approve it and to go through the procedure before imposing the new tax.” U Yan Win said. “The ministry will have to draft a law, which will then be submitted to the State Counsellor for approval,” he added.
The tax will be applicable only to short-term visitors, not for the tourists who will be on work purpose. The tourists, who stay for one or two weeks, will come under new conditions.
MTF tried to take steps for promotional activities but failed due to the funding problem. The plea for government funding was never supported due to the government’s foreign currency requirement. Even the application of $30 million from the hotels and tourism ministry to fund its tourism promotion exercises was rejected.