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Arrivals to Myanmar improve

posted Aug 18, 2011, 7:16 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Aug 18, 2011, 7:47 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Tourist arrivals in to Myanmar increased 23% during January to June and Thailand continues to be the top supplier.

The official government news channel, Myanmar Times, reported tourist arrivals reached 172,244 an increase of 22.83% year on year based on Ministry of Hotels and Tourism data released earlier this week.

Almost two thirds were visitors from Asian countries, including 35,459 from Thailand – the largest single source country. China delivered 17,944 visitors and South Korea 11,003.

Arrivals from Europe reached 39,734 representing a 23.03% market share of all visits. France led the way with 9,435 visitors, followed by Germany, 6,119 visitors.

In related news, international passengers using Yangon International Airport rose 21.65% in the first three months to 510,000. Passenger growth on domestic airlines was stronger, with 360,000 travellers in the first quarter, a 23.47% increase over the same period last year.

In June, the government announced a project to increase airport’s capacity from 2.7 million to 3.8 million passengers a year.

“We need to expand and upgrade Yangon International Airport … to be able to handle 3.8 million passengers a year,” the Department of Civil Aviation spokesperson told the local press.

He said the expansion would see more immigration counters installed at departure and arrival lounges to ensure a smoother flow of passengers.

The DCA plans to upgrade Yangon’s domestic terminal, which is well over its handling capacity of 800,000 passengers.

Source: TTRW