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Chin State Tourism Picks Up

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar’s formerly restricted Chin state have increased in the recent months, U Tin Htun Aung, secretary of the Myanmar Tourism Association, said.

The state that was off-limits for foreigners until recently saw around 300 tourists per month in the last four months to popular sites such as Natmataung, Bonetalar fall, Matupi and Mintat.

According to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism statistics, Chin state only saw 1,023 tourists in 2013 and 1,256 tourists in 2014.

January and February of this year saw a high number of foreign tourist coming in, U Tin Htun Aung said.

“Chin State has become a new tourist attraction as we introduced new destinations for tourists. However, with more tourists visiting the region, hotels, hotel staff and tourism agencies need to upgrade their services.”

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