‘‘The number of Chinese travellers to Myanmar has increased by 40 percent after Myanmar government introduced visa relaxations last year,’’ said chairman U Ohn Myint of China-Myanmar tourism promotion group.
‘‘The group has plans to extend direct fl ights between Myanmar and cities of China and network with Chinese tour agents in order to further promote tourism, said the chairman.
On 1 October last year, the Myanmar Government launched a one-year pilot project that grants visa exemptions to travellers from Japan, South Korea, Macao and Hong Kong, and issues on-arrival visas for Chinese travellers at a cost of $-50.
“And we have plans to properly cater for increasing Chinese travellers,” he said. Currently there are eight airlines fl ying between China and Myanmar, operating 154 flights perweek.
“There will be three more airlines,” said U Ohn Myint. Following the decline in number of Western travellers to Myanmar, authorities have formed working groups to attract travellers from Asia and regional countries.
The number of Asian travellers has also increased last year following the visa exemptions.
Myanmar received a total of 3.55 million foreign travellers in 2018, a sharp increase from 3.44 million in 2017.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects to receive 4.5 million foreign travellers in 2019,
and seven million in 2020.