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Myanmar: Visa-on-arrival to boost tourism


September 8, 2008

Myanmar: Visa-on-arrival to boost tourism

Myanmar is planning to introduce a 100-percent visa-on-arrival system by November to revive its tourism industry, local weekly Voice quoted the Hoteliers Association as saying Sunday.

The system will be applicable to international visitors initially covering several countries, the report said without specifying the name of the countries.

At present, foreigners applying for entry visas to Myanmar through the country’s embassies abroad have to wait one to five days to obtain approval.

It takes four days in Beijing, 24 hours in Jakarta, five days in Paris and Tokyo, three days in London and two days in Bangkok and Singapore, the weekly reported, quoting Myanmar Foreign Ministry.

Earlier in August, the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) forecast in a report that the tourism industry in Myanmar would grow a healthy 4.1 percent this year and provide jobs for 1,297,000 people—5.8 percent of total employment.  

That report contradicted with Myanmar’s Tourism Entrepreneurs Association reports which said the effects of Cyclone Nargis alone have reduced tourist arrival numbers by 90 percent.

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