Foreign tourist arrivals via air soar to 880,000 in nine months

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International travellers at Yangon International Airport.

From January to September 2023, more than 880,000 international tourists entered Myanmar by air, with the largest number of tourists coming from Thailand, according to U Aung Aye Han, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Hotels and Tourism.
The arrival of international tourists is mainly through flights this year and when compared to the same period last year in 2022 the growth is almost five times.
“For the entry of international tourists to Myanmar, there are ways to enter through the border entrance, by air and sea. Now, in 2023, air travel and border entry are the main entry points. Most of the tourists are from Thailand. In preparation for the upcoming tourist season, Thai and Russian tourists have also been invited to visit the country, and the number of visa-free countries with Myanmar has reached 24 countries, so more people are expected to visit Myanmar, rather than in previous years,” said U Aung Aye Han.
In Myanmar, 14 destinations that can be visited by international tourists have been identified and prepared, and services will be provided by over 2,000 hotels, motels and guesthouses, over 2,000 licensed tour guides and over 500 travel companies throughout the country. — ASH/KZL

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