Myanmar expects more South Koreans and Japanese to visit Mandalay

Min Latt
Chinese travelers seen at Mandalay airport on August 27


Myanmar is expecting more South Koreans and Japanese tourists to visit Mandalay region during this travel season as it has allowed free visa for tourists from those two specific countries and also the visa on arrival for Chinese tourists starting from October 1, said Assistant Director San Yu from Department of Hotel and Tourism for Mandalay region.

Chinese tourists topped the list of tourist arrival from January to June in this year followed by France and Thailand. Tourist arrival from Europe has been on the decrease and the government is expecting more tourists from South Korea and Japan as they have been granted free visa.

“We were granted free visa for South Koreans and Japanese and visa on arrival for Chinese tourists. At the present, number of Chinese tourists’ arrival is increased as Mandalay region is close to China. We expected the number of tourists arrival from other countries will be increased too,” said the assistant director.

Information Counters for foreign tourists in Mandalay regions have been opened at the Regional Department of Hotel and Tourism, Mandalay train stations and Mandalay International Airport. The regional government is planning to open more in other places.

“We are making preparations for that. We notified this to people who are in or related with the tourism industry. For instance, we negotiate with Myanmar Restaurant Owners’ Association to make ready for suitable places and restaurants for Chinese tourists. We had also provided Chinese interpreters,” said San Yu.

Foreign tourists as well as local travellers visited Mandalay region year by year and there are 385,031 foreign tourists and 517,290 local travellers visited Mandalay in 2016, 483,784 foreign tourists and 589,374 local travellers visited Mandalay in 2017 and 231,002 foreign tourists and 329,567 local travellers visited Mandalay by the end of June in this year, according to the Department of Hotel and Tourism for Mandalay region.