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Yangon (Mizzima) - While Myanmar holds the chair of ASEAN, it should focus on ensuring agreements are reached with the remaining five Southeast Asian neighbours yet to sign reciprocal visa exemption arrangements, says U Naung Naung Han, secretary of Myanmar Tourism Federation.

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U Pain Bridge in Amarapura, Mandalay, just one of Myanmar's potential tourist hot spots March, 2, 2012 EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar will make 2016 “Visit Myanmar Year” to boost tourism, it has been officially announced.

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YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar launched online visa applications on September 1 promising an end to long waits for permits to visit the emerging tourist destination as it tries to lure five million visitors a year by 2015.

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The Myanmar Chefs' Association team is celebrating its fourth award this year at an international event, after winning bronze at the Pattaya City Culinary Challenge in Thailand.

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Hotels, guesthouses and restaurants will not receive planning permission in the UNESCO World Heritage list inscribed Pyu Ancient Cities, said the director general of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Libraries.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Shwedagon Pagoda on August 10. The number of foreign visitors to the most revered Buddhist site in Myanmar rose by more than 31,000 in June and July over the same months in 2013. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima

Myanmar's growing popularity as a year-round tourist destination has been highlighted by figures showing an increase in the number of foreign visitors to the Shwedagon Pagoda in June and July over the same months last year.

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