MORE THAN 18,000 international travellers crossed into the country through the Tachilek border gate in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism reported.
A total of 18,126 visitors came mostly from Thailand, China and third world countries. They entered Tachilek, a land border in Shan State in eastern Myanmar, via the Mae Sai border crossing of Thailand to visit significant destinations across the country.
According to the MoHT, about 9,800 Chinese and Thai visitors went on the Mongphyat-Kengtung trip while 1,942 visited heo Mongla area and nearly 10,000 travellers went on the Taunggyi-Inlay-Bagan-Mandalay-Kyaiktiyo trip.
Tourism in Myanmar is growing rapidly. International tourists arrivals have increased each year thanks to the reform movements of the government since 2011.
Foreign travellers visit the country to enjoy natural landscapes as well as to observe the diverse culture, traditions and lifestyles of rural communities.
The country is now focusing on implementation of culture-based tourism as well as community-based tourism including the coastal and marine tourism connected with eco-tourism.