Chinese visits to Shan rise

Myat Su Naing

More than 150,000 Chinese citizens visited Laukkai, Chinshwehaw and Kokang in Shan State by the end of October this year, said Aung Thet Tun, deputy director for northern Shan State from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The number was expected to rise next year, he said.

Around 61,700 Chinese citizens visited Laukkai, 25,000 Chinshwehaw and 71,700 Kokang, according to the government.

In 2015, around 97,000 Chinese citizens visited the three areas with 31,000 heading to Laukkai, 25,000 to Chinshwehaw and 41,100 to Kokang.

“These three areas, Laukkai, Chinshwehaw and Kokang, are mainly visited by the Chinese. Only a few western tourists visited there. They need special permission from the President’s Office,” Aung Thet Tun added.

The tourism sector for the areas is expected to make significant progress when they become peaceful and stable, he said.

Myanmar Hotels Association established a tourism organisation for northern Shan State  to boost services.

Translated by TTW