Thai tourists top the list of Myanmar’s tourist arrivals this

Thai tourists have been in the top list of Asian tourists visiting Myanmar this year, according to official figures from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Over 250,000 foreign tourists visited the country from January to April, 44 per cent up from the previous year, the ministry said.

The Asian tourists took up 60 per cent of all foreign tourists with 37,000 Thai tourists. Japanese tourists took the second place with over 21,000 followed by South Koreans with over 18,000 visitors. The figures showed at least 16,000 Chinese tourists visited the country in the same period.

European tourists followed the Asians with 15,000 French, 13,000 British and 11,000 German during the period.

Visitors to Myanmar during January and February this year was in high number, March and April is a bit lower but still high compare to the same period of last year, said Aung Din, the managing director for Nature Lovers Company.

Myanmar’s annual tourism high season is from the end of September to the end of April and rainy season is regarded as low season.

The number of tourist arrivals has started going down since 2007 and sharply declined after the Cyclone Nargis hit the country in 2008.

Number of visitor was going up since 2010 due to the country’s reforms. The number of tourist arrivals hit one million in 2012, the first ever for the country.

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