Thailand and Myanmar have vowed to stimulate tourism and raise the number of visitors between the neighbouring nations to 1.5 million by 2020 as part of the “two countries, one destination” cooperative scheme.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday with the Myanmar Tourism Federation to promote tourism between the countries.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Myanmar boasts high potential for tourism because of its natural and cultural resources.
The TAT was ordered to study the possibility of launching joint marketing programmes with Myanmar and other countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, as well as the viability of code-sharing aviation routes, specifically for Phuket-Ranong-Myeik and Chiang Mai-Mandalay-Bagan.
In 2016, the number of travellers who visited both countries on the same trip totalled 490,000.