YANGON - The number of tourists visiting Bagan, a popular destination in Myanmar, exceeded 400,000 last year, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
The number was 20 per cent higher than the previous year. In 2014, more than 230,000 overseas tourists and 130,000 domestic visitors visited the ancient city.
Minister Htay Aung noted that while preservation should be stepped up, the city's tourism should be further promoted. Hotels should imiprove their services.
The minister said there were good prospects for tourism to develop. He welcomed foreign travellers who had arrived to take a study trip to Myaing Township to develop rural tourism there.
Tour guides’ association, the Tourism Federation, the ministry and Japan International Cooperation Agency have worked together for the development of Bagan and to have it added to the Unesco World Heritage List, the minister added.