August 19, 2016

Mandalay sees increased number of tourists over 2015

Tourists visit a Pagoda in Mandalay. Photo: Min Htet Aung
Tourists visit a Pagoda in Mandalay. Photo: Min Htet Aung

INTERNATIONAL tourist arrivals to Mandalay last  year exceed the estimates made by the Mandalay Region
Hotel and Tourism Development Department, its spokesperson said.
In 2015 alone a total of 306,432 foreign tourists visited Mandalay, an increase of 26% over 2014. The majority of travellers come from China, Thailand, France, Germany and the U.S.
Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. It is located 716 km north of Yangon on the east bank of the Ayeyawady River. According to the latest census, the city has a population of just over 1.2 million.
The city hosted 242,566 globetrotters in 2014.
The outlook for the tourism sector in 2016 depends on the progress of tourism based investment in Myanmar as well as the global and ASEAN economy, the spokesperson said.
He added that plans are underway to expand international flights and airline access to Mandalay.
Currently, eight domestic airlines and five international airlines are operating services there.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)


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