The number of Chinese tourists visiting Myanmar will increase during 2020 with the opening of the China-Myanmar cultural tourism year, booming bilateral relations under the Belt and Road Initiative and the opening of more direct flights, industry insiders and business representatives said.
The comments were made ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Myanmar from Friday to Saturday. During the visit, Xi, along with Myanmar leaders, will attend a series of events including the opening ceremony of the China-Myanmar cultural tourism year, China's Foreign Ministry announced.
U Kyaw Win, chairman of Myanmar company Shwe Than Lwin Group, which has extensive operations in local tourism, told the Global Times that he estimated more than 4.5 million tourists will visit Myanmar in 2020, and the number of Chinese tourists will jump quickly.
In the first eight months of 2019, about 1.94 million Chinese tourists visited Myanmar, up1.145 million from the same period in 2018, according to media reports.
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