Gov­ern­ment ex­pects more Ja­pa­nese tourists

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MYAN­MAR ex­pects more Ja­pa­nese tourists next year be­cause of the re­lax­ation of visa reg­u­la­tions for Asian tourists, in­clud­ing those from Ja­pan, a se­nior tourism of­fi­cial said.

U Hla Myint, direc­tor of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion at the Ho­tels and Tourism Min­istry, said there has been a slight in­crease in the num­ber of Ja­pa­nese trav­ellers since visa ex­emp­tions were granted to vis­i­tors from China, South Korea, Ja­pan and In­dia on Oc­to­ber 1.

“We are try­ing to pre­pare some­thing to suit their cus­toms and tastes. Mea­sures such as fa­cil­i­tat­ing their en­try at air­ports, en­sur­ing se­cu­rity and good ser­vice at ho­tels, and smooth and sys­tem­atic trans­porta­tion are also be­ing car­ried out,” he said.

Min­istry and pri­vate-sec­tor of­fi­cials held a strat­egy ses­sion last Fri­day in Man­dalay aimed at at­tract­ing Ja­pa­nese tourists.

“One month af­ter the visa reg­u­la­tions were re­laxed, the num­ber of South Korean and Ja­pa­nese tourists in­creased by two per­cent. There have been about 50,000 (South Korean tourists) this year and nearly 80,000 Ja­pa­nese,” said U Hla Myint.

The peak sea­son starts in De­cem­ber, so we can ex­pect the num­bers to in­crease. Al­though tourist num­bers from Eu­ro­pean coun­tries are de­clin­ing, the over­all num­ber of tourists has in­creased, es­pe­cially Chi­nese tourists,” said U Hla Myint.

The Com­mit­tee for the De­vel­op­ment of Na­tional Tourism was es­tab­lished with coun­try-spe­cific teams and also has groups to han­dle re­gional tourism pro­mo­tions, he said.

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