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It's a country that hasn't been considered a hot holiday destination in the past but that could soon being set to change. Burma's tourism tsars have revealed a massive investment programme that aims to establish tourism as a key element of the country's economy.

The plans indicate that the country expects to spend around £320 million on improving local infrastructure such as roads to key tourist attractions as well as improving international arrivals areas of both Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports. In addition among the 38 named projects improvements to the Bagan River Pier will enable further cruises to go ahead.

Though the plans are extensive the local authorities aim to achieve greater numbers of visitors to the country without compromising the local's way of life or the environment. The Norwegian government has partially funded the initiative as well as input from the Asian Development Bank.

Though these improvements are set to increase visitor numbers, Burma has already seen numbers increase in the last year with a record number of tourists visiting the country in 2012. Over a million visitors made the journey and most came from Thailand or China. The increase in tourism is partially attributed to the release of the politician Aung San Suu Kyi which saw the country open up to the outside world. With the help of the development programme experts claim that visitor numbers could be seven times as high by 2020 and the tourism industry could employ almost a million and a half locals.

Burma, which is sometimes also referred to as Myanmar, is located in South East Asia on the Bay of Bengal and is close neighbours with China, Thailand and India. For some time it has been politically closed off from the rest of the world but as the country opens its doors to the world, travellers from all over the globe can enjoy its rich culture and heritage.

The country has plenty of stunning beaches with Ngapali being among the most popular. Lovers of history and archaeology will enjoy Bago which overflows with countless Buddhist sights and places of interest. The economic home of the country, Yangon is also famous for its pagodas and colonial architecture. Inle Lake in the heart of the country offers a spectacular view and the opportunity of gentle boating trips which take in floating villages. Burma also plays home to Mount Popa an extinct volcano sometimes referred to as the Mount Olympus of Myanmar. The country has much to offer and is one to watch as a future holiday hotspot.

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