Tourist arrivals hit 1.22 m in three months

Zeyar Nyein


During three months of 2018, Myanmar received more than one million tourists with Thai visitors topping the list, according to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Win Naing, director of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said: “The number of Thai tourists is the highest, followed by China and Japan.”

From January to March, this year, the number of tourist arrivals reached 1.22 million.

Thai tourists topped the list of arrivals with more than 85,000, followed by China with more than 68,000 and Japan with more than 28,000, according to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

From January to March, 18,170 tourists from France visited Myanmar, 13,561from the UK and more than 11,000 from Germany.

The number of tourists from the western European countries exceeded 67,000. Last year, the country received tourist arrivals of 3.4 million.

Due to the Rakhine State situation, tourists from the European countries became less interested in touring Myanmar.

Thet Lwin Toe, chair of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association said: “France and the UK are the major markets. Some tourism companies predicted that the tourist arrivals from France and the UK may decline to 30 to 40 per cent this year.”

Last year, about 50 per cent of tourist trips were cancelled and postponed due to the Rakhine situations, said Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism at a coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on June 4.