Tourist arrivals up 23% in 2019


Nearly 4.4 million foreign tourists visited Myanmar from January to December, 2019, according to data released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
The number of visitors increased by 812,673, or 23 per cent, compared to the same period last year. In 2018, the number of tourists who entered the country stood at 3.55 million.
The significant increase in tourist arrivals during the period was attributed to the influx of a large number of tourists from Asian countries, especially China. There were many visitors from South Korea, Japan, India, and Taiwan as well.
Tourist arrivals from China, Japan, and South Korea have increased significantly since the government relaxed visa requirements for travellers from those countries in October, 2018.
Currently, visas on arrival are available for more than 50 countries at the international airports in Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw. The visas allow stays in Myanmar of up to 28 days. On 1 October, the government also extended visas on arrival to visitors from Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Australia, as part of efforts to attract more travellers from western countries.
In 2019, China topped the list of tourists with 452,319 visitors, followed by South Korea with 38,942, Japan with 21,330, and India with 5,119 travellers. In addition, about 184,016 European travellers entered the country during the year. Myanmar welcomed 4.6 million tourists in 2015, 2.91 million in 2016, 3.44 million in 2017, 3.55 million in 2018, and 4.36 million in 2019.—Zwe (Translated by Hay Mar)

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