Arrival of local and foreign tourists has been on the rise in Mandalay Region year after year according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mandalay).
The Directorate of Hotels and Tourism has conducted a tourism arrival survey beginning from 2016. Mandalay hosted 385,031 foreign visitors and 517,290 local visitors in 2016, 483,784 foreign visitors and 589,374 local visitors in 2017, and 231,002 foreign visitors and 329,567 local visitors in over six months of 2018.
“Not only foreign but also local visitors visited Mandalay Region during their long weekends. People visit Mandalay with their families and groups, said U San Yu, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mandalay).
Additionally, the department has planned to conduct visa exemption for South Korea, Japan and China, beginning from October, in order to increase the number of foreign visitors entering Myanmar. The department will give visa-free entry to South Korea and Japan and visa-on-arrival to Chinese tourists.
“Visa exemption is a major factor in boosting the tourism industry. Authorities are preparing rest rooms and other infrastructures in significant and well-known places,” he added.
At present, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Mandalay through Mandalay International Airport has increased because two more airlines are now landing there.
About 500,000 foreign visitors are expected to visit the region in 2018, it is learnt.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing house)