Myanmar to develop tourism through new border gate

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Dancers perform during Myanmar’s traditional Thingyan Water Festival , which is on the tourism calendar. The opening of the Reekhorda-Zokhawthar border gate is expected to further boost Myanmar’s tourism industry.
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Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio has stressed developing tourism through newly opened international border gate – Reekhorda which links India’s Zokhawthar in Mizoram State.

Reekhorda border checkpoint in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin state, along with Tamu’s in Sagaing region which connects India’s Moreh, was simultaneously opened on August 22 to facilitate travel on both sides.

“As the Reekhorda-Zokhawthar border gate has become an international level facility, it will help develop tourism as well as trade,” Mr Van Thio said after an inspection tour to the border gate Sunday.

He also emphasised the introduction of appropriate upgrading programmes and facilities through modern design suitable to the country.

The two border checkpoints, Reedhorda and Tamu, were opened as an implementation of landmark Land Border Crossing Agreement signed between Myanmar and India in May this year.

People holding passports and valid visas will be allowed to enter and exit through these international border checkpoints.

Myanmar and India signed the agreement on border crossing during a visit to Myanmar by Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on May 11.

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