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4% (2016). The Shan State on the Chinese border off the tourist tracks and the information about Rakhine State is out of date. Myanmar Top 10 Experiences 2016-17.
Tourists arrives for 2015 will reach 4.68 million, says Ministry
In 2015, Burma attracted 4.68 million visitors, an 52 per cent rise over the prior year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. In 2015, RANGOON - Burma attracted 4.68 million visitors, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, another remarkable 52 per cent growth per year over the prior year.
Since a virtually civil administration under President Thein Sein took over, the number of departures has risen from 800,000 in 2011 to 3.08 million in 2014, according to officials. Previously, the Department had set a target of 4.5 to 5 million visitors in 2015. But industrial watchers have been routine in questioning the government's numbers that capture the arrival of all alien pass holder ashore and in the a/o.
Most travelers to Burma travel across the country from Thailand through Tachileik, Shan State and Karen State's Myawaddy check-points, many of them for work. More than 800,000 people arrived by plane or boat in 2015, according to an Monday New Light of Myanmar state report. When arriving by plane, Thai travelers attracted over 200,000 visitors, followed by China and Japan, according to Myo Win Nyunt, head of the regulatory division of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) General Assembly General Manager Thadoe Thuzar Aung said she hopes the new administration and industries can work together for the benefits of the area. There are currently almost 1,300 establishments throughout the state.
In 2014, the Department alleged that the industry had achieved sales of $1.78 billion.
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But total tourism arrival was only 2.9 million last year, a decrease of 38% compared to the 4.68 million in 2015, according to a new system of collection by the Department, which does not involve day-trippers with BIP. "The system so far has included people who have passed through frontier control posts.
However, this year's numbers have been categorised according to tourist, traveler and excursionist," said U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotel and Tourist Affairs, speaking at the recent ASEAN Tourist Forum in Singapore. "However, the overall outlook for the tourist industry is very good, despite the 38% drop due to a different way of metering overseas visitors," Ma Hnin Hlwar Kyaw Win, Myanmar Tourist Services Company's top selling agent tells the Myanmar Times.
It said that few people from Russia and Japan come to Myanmar, but there has been an increase in the number of foreigners.