Chinese visit to Mandalay more than fourfold
Chinese tourist arrivals in Mandalay increased by more than four times in 2018, according to data from the regional department of hotels and tourism.
“It was because of the visa reduction. As many business opportunities open up, most Chinese tourists are increasingly interested in Myanmar, ”San Yu, assistant director of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism in Mandalay Division, told The Irrawaddy.
“As tourism increases, the good and the bad,” he said. The bad side is sticking together, so there may be some impact. “But overall, the tourism industry is supporting the growth of Chinese tourists.”
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism began in October 2018 to work in Hong Kong, China and Hong Kong. Macau Japan and Korea issue visa on arrival Visa waivers have been made, including visa exemptions.
After the visa cancellation, more than 80,000 Chinese tourists entered Mandalay in 2018, while the number of Chinese tourists increased from January to December, up from 30,000 to December.
When Chinese enthusiasts come to Burma, they are forced to come to Mandalay, the jade market of Upper Myanmar, where most of the tourists visit, as well as the jade market. They also went to buy jade shops.
“The government will control only the tax sector. The rest are marketers, sellers, and entrepreneurs. How can the government get into the situation of the same customer? So, are they paying the appropriate taxes in the tourism sector? You need to be careful about what kind of holes there are. Only then will the tourism sector benefit equally, ”said Nong Nang Han, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Association.
Chinese tourists visit U Pyin Bridge in Taunggyi, Mandalay (Zaw Zaw / The Irrawaddy)
Despite the sharp increase in Chinese tourists, the host country has lost much of its tourism revenue due to the tourism budget. Travelers say some Chinese tourists’ behavior is not in line with the rules.
Currently, Mandalay has expanded to four airlines this year, from four previously scheduled flights to Mandalay and China.
Some travel companies in China link up with local businesspeople, open travel companies without a license, and arrange cheap travel, travel and travel. Hotel Restaurant Jewelry Shop Chinese tourists only travel through the network they link to.
In addition, local tourists pointed out that many inexperienced guides were hired to hire luggage guides rather than renting a tour guide from a Chinese-speaking host country.
He added, “The whole industry looks at it in a number of ways. But with the increasing number of tourists spending money, they are not benefiting from the whole market, with only a few domestic tourists connected to them (Chinese companies). “So tour operators who are not connected to them benefit and the tour guides don’t get the services they deserve.”
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