More tourists flock to Myanmar
Roughly speaking, this year’s tourist arrival in Myanmar has multiplied. Loving home receives guests. Foreign tourists are often seen in group at major tourist attractions in Yangon, such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Botahtaung Pagoda, Thanlyin Kyaikkhauk Pagoda and Bogyoke Aung San Market.
According to phone messages of friends from Bagan, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Inlay, their towns are having more and more foreign travelers than ever.
An official of Myanmar Tourism Association said, “Myanmar’s tourism industry started to enjoy a boost at the end of 2009. Arrival of foreign travelers soared in 2011 and earlier 2012. Strictly speaking, it has increased by 35 per cent.”
In 2010, over 0.3 million international travelers entered Myanmar through Yangon International Airport. But, the figure arose to 0.4 million in 2011 alone.
Over 0.8 million travelers visited the country through Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and border gates. From 1 to 24 January, 2011, 25983 foreign tourists visited Shwedagon Pagoda. It is the same with the figure for the whole January of previous year, a member of Pagoda Board of Trustees confirmed. Loving home has really received guests. They surely deserve our hospitability.