Myanmar: Ngapali beach resort sees rapid visitor growth

Myanmar: Ngapali beach resort sees rapid visitor growth

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Mizzima News reports that hoteliers and travel agents in Rakhine State say that tourism is booming in the western Rakhine beach resort of Ngapali.

“Last year, the highest ever number of tourists—some 25,000—visited Ngapali,” said the travel agency.

“This year we are calling it ‘The Gold Year of Ngapali’ as nearly 10,000 tourists have been there in the first two months.”

He explained that Ngapali now has about 20 hotels. In 2009 the beach town received just 11,200 visitors for the entire year. This year, 4,550 visitors were recorded in January alone, and in February some 4,900.

Yangon Airport is, however, catering to more and more international flights, and has connections to Ngapali, allowing Yangon expats and sun-seeking Myanmar nationals the opportunity of quick travel to the palm-fringed white sands of the holiday resort.

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