More than 60,000 tourists arrive in Yangon in early 2023

Ministry of Information/ Naypyitaw / April 01, 2023

THERE were over 22,000 foreign visitor arrivals in Yangon in March and more than 60,000 tourists entered Yangon in the first three months of this year.

The Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Yangon) estimates that more tourists will arrive in April during the Maha Thingyan period.

The tour groups visited Yangon and its neighbouring places such as Bago, Taikkyi, Thanlyin, Kyauktan and Kyaiktiyo in March marking Yangon Region’s tourism to be more revived. The total of tourist arrivals at Yangon was 87,506 in 2022 and 16,774 in January, 22,038 in February and 22,000 in March 2023.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism welcomed tourists to visit Myanmar in the post-Covid period by implementing tourism to be an important business sector that earns foreign exchange for the State, long-term sustainability with preservation of the cultural heritage of all ethnicities, water, land, forest and cultural environment, development of the socioeconomic life of locals and domestic private sectors, the undertaking of the international and regional agreements with the State's interests and exerted efforts to develop as a sustainable and inclusive tourism sector contributes to peacebuilding.

Directorate of Hotels & Tourism (Yangon) Director U Nanda Aung said, "In January 2022, a total of 2,160 tourists entered Yangon and at the beginning of 2023, the number of tourists increased month by month. There were 16,774 tourists in January 2023, and the number of tourists surged in February and March. Therefore, more tourists can enter during the Thingyan Festival in April. The Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Yangon) is in cooperation with the Myanmar Hoteliers Association and the Myanmar Tourism Federation to improve the tourism sector in Yangon."

Tourists enter Myanmar, which is a place of ancient cultural heritage sites, natural beauties of the mountains and lands appear in the seasons, seaside relaxing and rich and large national parks in flora and fauna every year except for two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tourism activities were suspended during the outbreak of Covid-19 and Myanmar resumed the tourism industry in 2021 when the incidence of Covid-19 decreased. In the tourism season of 2022, the highest number of domestic visitors visited the Bagan cultural area and tourism and related business opportunities flourished again.

The Thingyan period is the last month of the Myanmar tourist season and officials estimate tourist arrivals to be more than February with the invitation of Yangon and cultural heritage places.

Nyein Thu(MNA)/MKKS


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Yangon Region Government / September 30, 2021

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Yangon Region Government / September 30, 2021

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MoH Union Minister holds coordination meeting on RDT use for international flight passengers, inspects preparations at Yangon International Airport

Ministry of Information/ Naypyitaw / April 29, 2022

UNION Minister for Health Prof Dr Thet Khaing Win presided over a coordination meeting on plans to change into an RDT system for international flights on 27 April.

During the meeting, the Union minister said the infection rate of COVID-19 has declined in most regional countries, including Myanmar. Specific activities are also prioritized systematically to ease COVID-19 rules and regulations as the COVID-19 vaccine coverage becomes high.

The government also arranged to ensure the reopening of international flights and systematic COVID-19 health rules for the tourist and Myanmar citizen arrivals to develop the country’s global tourism industry.

He also talked about the declining positive cases among the passengers in commercial flights and relief flights, challenges in the resumption of commercial aviation, and the COVID19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) to save time and money for flight passengers.

Then, meeting attendees discussed proper services for passengers, plans to change into RDT (draft) and current challenges during the resumption of international flights, visas, health insurance, collection of Myanmar kyats for RDT test, preparations to avoid mass gatherings in RDT test section at the airport, taking swab samples, quality RDT test kits and other matters.

The Union minister instructed necessary things and concluded the meeting.

The Union minister and relevant officials inspected the preparations to conduct COVID-19 tests using RDT on the passengers of regular international flights at Yangon International Airport yesterday.

During the inspection tour, the Union minister instructed officials to systematically collect data from passengers, swab samples, the opening of more swab counters to avoid mass gathers while waiting for their test results, establish an exchange counter, welfare of airport staff and disease control activities when the results show positive.

The Ministry of Health allowed the international flights starting 17-4-2022 as per COVID-19 health rules under the COVID-19 Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment and decided to use RDT at the Yangon International Airport soon to save the cost as the infection rate drops.