Ancient Bagan region sees over 200,000 visitors in four months

Myat Su Naing

More than 200,000 local and foreign visitors entered ancient Bagan region in four months this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

To cater to  visitors, four hotels zones have been established with 85 hotels with 2,919 rooms.

According to ministry data, 488,241 local and foreign visitors came to Bagan in 2016, 580,562 in 2017 and 23 5,329 in four months this year. Income earned from hotel room rentals totalled US$13,618,243 and K23,805,450 in 2016, US$9,914,553 and K11,204,850 in 2017 and US$3,719,660 and K5,162,120 in four months this year.

Currently, local and foreign visitors have been allowed to watch the sunset from the Shwesandaw Pagoda, the Pyathatgyi Pagoda and the Ayeyawady River.

As foreign tourist arrivals increase, hostel industry also develops daily in Bagan cultural region.

Those from the hotel industry stress the need for the region to turn out better human resources and provide better services as hotel industry is based on service.