Myanmar eyes higher Chinese tourists next year

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Tourists seen at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on 29 January 2017. The Myanmar Tourism Federation wants to promote Chinese visitors by twofold. Photo: Phoe Khwar

THE Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) wants to raise the number of tourist arrivals from neighbouring China next year, U Yan Win, the Chairman of the MTF said.
The MTF hopes to double the number of tourists from mainland China, the world’s most populous country, in the coming year. According to a global tourism study, more than 130 million Chinese people travel outside their country each year.
Tourism organisations of both countries are trying to promote the number of Chinese visitors to more than twofold in the future, U Yan Win said at the first China-Myanmar Tourism Cooperation Forum held on 2 March in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss bilateral tourism cooperation and private sector development, apart from promoting Myanmar tourism.
Chinese visitors were the second highest number of visitors to Myanmar after Thailand. Chinese tourists mainly visited the country from borders including Muse, Lweje, Kanpikete, Chinshwehaw and Kengtung.
According to the Myanmar Investment Commission, Singapore has topped the tourism investors list, followed by Thailand, Viet Nam, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.—200

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