Top-10 Fastest-Growing Travel Destinations 2019. Myanmar Tops the List

Top-10 Fastest-Growing Travel Destinations 2019. Myanmar Tops the List

Myanmar scored the highest spike in tourist arrivals among the world’s 10 fastest-growing travel destinations in 2019, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Based on tourist arrival growth rates, Myanmar topped the ranking list with a year-on-year increase of 40.2%  in 2019, followed by Puerto Rico (31.2%) and Iran (27.9%).

The Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for tourists to visit the country.  Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and some Southeast Asian countries were granted visa-free entry.

Indian, Chinese nationals from the mainland and other countries (Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and Switzerland) were granted a visa on arrival.

Citizens of over 100 countries are eligible for Myanmar e-visas ( and can get an approval letter within three days.

Travel from China is on hold due to the suspension of tour package sales in China and the cancellation of airline services in a bid to counter the coronavirus outbreak across Asia.

To keep up the momentum of tourist arrivals rise and win back business interrupted by the virus crisis, Myanmar Tourism Marketing will launch its “Green Season” campaign (May to the end of September) with the support of hotels, airlines and tour operators.

UNWTO’s top-10 fastest-growing travel destinations

  1. Myanmar 40.2%
    2. Puerto Rico 31.2%
    3. Iran 27.9%
    4. Uzbekistan 27.3%
    5. Montenegro 21.4%
    6. Egypt 21.1%
    7. Vietnam 16.2%
    8. Philippines 15.1%
    9. Maldives 14.9%
    10. Bahamas 14.6%


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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