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Myanmar's visa deal may lead to more S'pore visitors

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Singapore visitor numbers to Myanmar could surge with a new visa-free deal between the Republic and the fast-emerging nation.
The visa exemption deal, which took effect on Thursday, could mean a 35 per cent jump in Singaporeans headed to Myanmar and an extra $20 million for travel agencies here, said one tourism body.
Last year, 43,000 Singaporeans visited Myanmar. As of August this year, more than 32,000 had visited - a jump of 18 per cent compared with the same period, said Myanmar Tourism Marketing.
The body, a non-profit grouping of travel-related companies in Myanmar, launched its first business- matching event yesterday, at the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel.
More than 50 Singapore firms from the travel sector turned up to make contact with more than 12 Myanmar firms, including travel agencies, hotels and Myanmar Airlines.
Ms May Myat Mon Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Marketing, sees huge opportunity for Singapore businesses to capitalise on the expected growth in Singapore travellers, both leisure and business.


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