The number of foreign tourists visiting the country has increased by over 20 per cent between January and August of this year. It was a booming time for Yangon Myanmar hotels as their accommodations are receiving more guests. The government is expecting that the number will only continue to rise for the remainder of 2017.
U MyintHtwe, the deputy director general of ministry of hotels and tourism, said that he is predicting a minimum of 3.5 million tourists will be coming this 2017. There is a considerable increase from 2.9 million foreign arrivals recorded the previous year.
In The numbers for the remaining of the year will be monitored if it will be affected by the security operation conducted by the military at the north part of Rakhine. This was done after Muslim extremists attacked the area this August.
From the beginning of the year until August, there are almost 2.8 million visitors in the country. In comparison to the same period of 2016, the number has increased by 22 per cent. This is according to the ministry of hotels and tourism’s director, U Myo Win Nyunt.
The figure for 2017 includes 1.42 million foreigners who arrived at the country via the border posts located in China and Thailand. They were given passes that allows them to stay in Myanmar for a maximum of two weeks.
Myo Win Nyunt said that they did not keep a record on the length of their stay thus they cannot say of these foreigners are only day tripping. He added that the arrivals through the international airports have also increased by 830,000. These include social visa, business visa, tour groups and solo travellers.
MyintHtwe said that the number of tourists arriving through three different airports has increased by 10 per cent.
The number of tourists from tour groups has increased by 16.4 per cent while the solo travellers reduced by 1.4 per cent. Majority of tourists staying in Yangon Myanmar hotels are mostly visiting the two most well-known attractions in the country – the Shwedagon Pagoda and Bagan.