The government will set up a vocational training institute for the hospitality industry, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The skills training program, targeted towards young people, is estimated to launch in 2015, and is primarily designed to increase competence and employability, the ministry said.
The program will be designed with Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education. Currently, the institute provides courses for Myanmar citizens in electronics, hospitality, and tourism.
As tourism in Myanmar has seen exponential growth in the past few years, skilled hospitality workers are in short supply.
This year, Myanmar has seen over 3 million tourists arrive, even more than expected. There is still potential for growth, however, as Thailand’s ailing tourist industry has still seen more than 25 million tourists this year.
The Myanmar Hospitality Professional’s Association is also planning courses related to the tourism industry.