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Selling umbrellas to tourists in Myanmar. Photo: Mizzima
 Selling umbrellas to tourists in Myanmar. Photo: Mizzima

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are certain to exceed the expected number of over 3 million with over 100,000 more arrivals in the first week of December alone, according to a press release by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on December 17.

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As part of the drive to attract more tourists, Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism plans to develop the hill resort town of Thandaung in Kayin State, according to Minister U Htay Aung on a recent visit when he met with the local authorities and townspeople.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a kind word written about Lashio. A sprawling market town in northern Shan State. one description of Lashio says the only reason to visit the town is because it’s on the way to Muse, on the border with China about four hour’s drive away. In his 2002 book The Trouser People, Andrew Marshall tells of being told to avoid Lashio because it is “just a Chinese town.”

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Myanmar and Kazakhstan discussed the development of tourism, energy and investment relations during a visit by Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Thailand Mr Marat Yessenbayev to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon at the beginning of December.

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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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