Tourist arrivals increased by 22 per cent in the first two months of 2017

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A tourist couple seen at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

The arrival of visitors with tourist visas to Myanmar through international entry gates has increased by 22 per cent in the first two months of 2017 when compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Although the number of tourists arriving via international entry gates was over 500,000 in January and February, 2016, the same period of this year saw 600,000 tourists arrive in Myanmar. The number of the tourists has increased in large part because the government has created new tourist destinations across the country.
“Another reason for the increased number of tourists can be attributed to a better cooperation between the tourism-related ministries and associations under the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism,” said an official from the directorate of hotels and tourism.
Previously, the immigration department counted foreign visitors who visited Myanmar from border gates as part of tourist arrivals. Starting in 2016, the department has only recorded the tourists who enter the country through international entry gates with a tourist visa.



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