February 11, 2017

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Tourist arrivals to Ngwesaung rise by 102 percent

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The number of tourists including both locals and foreigners to Ngwesaung Beach in Ayeyawady Region rose by 102 percent in the last tourism season, according to an announcement released by Ayeyawady Region Hotels and Tourism Development Office.
According to the announcement dated 7 October, the number of tourists to other tourist attractions in the region such as Chaungthar Beach and Pathein Township also increased compared with that of last year.
“Compared with the number of tourists in 2013, tourist arrivals to the region increased significantly. Ngwesaung Beach saw a 102-percent increase in the number of tourists while Chaungthar Beach witnessed a 23-percent rise and Pathein Township experienced a 7-percent increase,” said U Aung Thu Oo, an official at the Hotels and Tourism Development Office. The rise in tourist arrivals to the two beaches contributed to that of Pathein.
“Either Ngwesaung or Chaungthar beach is only two hours’ drive from Pathein. If you leave Yangon at 4 am, you will arrive in Chaungthat or Ngwesaung at around 9 am. Tourists take a rest at the beaches and they spend the night in Pathein,” said U Htun Shwe, an hotelier from Pathein Township.
In the 2013 tourism season from Jan to Dec, the number of local tourists to Ngwesaung beach totalled 30,819 while that of foreign tourists amounted to 8,927. Local tourists to Chaungthar beach hit 243,050 and a total of 4,167 foreign tourists visited the beach during the same period, according to the announcement.—Myitmakha (Edited by MWT of GNLM)

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