Yangon draws over 1 million tourists in 2018

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People visit the Shwedagon Pagoda during the Myanmar's traditional Thadingyut lantern festival in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 24, 2018. Xinhua/U Aung

YANGON (Xinhua) – Myanmar’s former capital city of Yangon received more than 1 million tourists as of November from January this year with Chinese and Thai nationals making up the majority of the travellers.

According to the Yangon Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, among the foreign travellers, more than 120,000 came to Myanmar by air, while over 8,000 tourists visited the country aboard cruise ships.

The tourism sector saw more progress after the government granted visa-free entry to Myanmar for citizens of Japan and South Korea and visa-on-arrival to Chinese visitors starting from Oct. 1, U Naing Win , Director of the Yangon Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, was quoted as saying.

Aiming to attract more visitors, the country is striving to promote eco-tourism, cultural tourist and community-based tourist in resource-rich areas such as historical landscapes, rivers, lakes, beaches, islands and forests.

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