Nearly 700,000 tourists in first six months

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Tourists guided by a tour leader near Tachilek border tour gate.  Photo: Supplied

Tourists arriving with visas as of June 2018 were up by over 13,430, compared with similar period last year, according to the figures recently released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Myanmar hosted a total of 682,100 tourists from January to June, whereas last year,
tourist arrivals were registered at 668,661 during the same period.
However, some tourists entering Myanmar with border pass are down by 50,700.
The tourists entered the country through three international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw and through Tachilek, Myawady, Kawthoung and Hteekhee checkpoints.
Additionally, package tours, caravan tours, yacht tours, riverine tours, along Ayeyawady River and Chindwin River, and cruise tours and chartered flight tours need permission from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, linked with local tour agencies.
Tourists arriving from the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania fell this year compared with the same period last year. Nevertheless, more tourists from China, Thailand, Malaysia and India visited Myanmar this year.
Passport holders from 100 countries and Taiwan are eligible to apply for an eVisa for tourism purposes and businessmen from 52 countries and Taiwan can apply for an eVisa Business.
For more details, one can visit www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. —GNLM

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