Tourists entering Myanmar with visas increased by 8% this FY

Tourists walking around sacred Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Tourists walking around sacred Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The number of foreign travellers who entered the country this fiscal year (FY) with visas increased by 8 per cent, compared with last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The ministry’s official statistics show that the arrivals of international visitors into the country via air, sea and cross-border gates exceeded 1.22 million between April and November 2017, of which 1.17 million entered Myanmar by air, recording an 8 per cent increase, compared with the last FY.
This time last year, international tourist arrivals reached 1.134 million, including 1.08 million who had entered the country via air.
In addition, more than 1.48 million foreign travellers were reported to have entered the country through cross-border points in the first eight months of last FY. The number increased to 1.9 million during the same period this FY.
According to the ministry, international tourist arrivals from all points of entry have increased by 20 per cent this FY, as against the same period last year. — Nyi Nyi Than (Nay Pyi Taw)

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