Myanmar, China raise efforts to develop tourism industries

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Chinese tourists explore Yangon`s Bogyoke Market. Myanmar and China are raising efforts to develop each other`s tourism industries with more direct flights and digital payment arrangements.
Photo: Shin Moe Myint/The Myanmar Times

Myanmar and China are taking big steps to develop each other`s tourism industries.

China Eastern Airlines yesterday launched Hohhot? Kunming? Yangon flights and will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seating capacity of 184 for the new service. This will operate from Yangon International Airport three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting April 2.

China is raising efforts to draw Myanmar visitors to the Mainland. Last week, Myanmar tourists were invited to visit Zhangjiajie, China by Ding Yun Lai, governor of Wulingyuan district during his visit to Yangon.

Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of China`s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage site and where the film Aviator starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Cate Blanchett was shot.

About eight million tourists from 30 countries visit Zhangjiajie every year.

“We take the Myanmar tourism market seriously as Myanmar is a promising country. So, for the convenience of travellers, we will try at the earliest to connect both cities with a direct flight,” Mr Ding said.

China is raising efforts to woo Myanmar travellers after the country relaxed visa requirements for incoming Japanese, Koreans and Chinese tourists in September last year

After visa exemptions were granted in late 2018, China has increased the number of flights to Myanmar and tourism between the two countries has expanded.

As tourists from both Myanmar and China usually travel in groups, more cooperation is needed to develop a systematic and organised industry catering to the needs of the tourists, said U Kyaw Win, a member of the Myanmar-China Tourism Marketing Team.

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