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Burma Tourist Visits to Top 1 Million

7 December 2012

Burma’s well-publicized reforms and a relaxation of visa restrictions are providing its tourist sector with a boost, as visitor numbers are set to rise to one million this year, Thailand-based tourist magazine TTR Weekly reports. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung said this year in Burma he expected 600,000 arrivals by air and 400,000 overland—up from a total of 800,000 visits last year. “[The] tourism industry is on the rise as a result of political reforms,” he said. “Yangon International Airport has been receiving an average of 2,300 visitors daily.” Concerns remain however, over rapidly rising hotel rates and the lack of proper hotel facilities and infrastructure.