Government expects more Japanese tourists
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.