Myanmar’s Inlay lake sees increasing foreign visitors

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Myanmar’s landmark Inlay Lake in southern Shan State is receiving a large number of foreign visitors, most of them from Thailand, according to the Inlay Phaungdaw U Pagoda Board of Trustees.

Thai visitors accounted for 71.39 percent of some three million foreign visitors to Myanmar last year, followed by EU countries, the United States and Canada.

Inlay was included by UNESCO in June in its list of World Biosphere Reserves.
According to UNESCO, the Inlay lake biosphere reserve covered a total of 489,721 hectares, and it is home to 267 species of birds.

Myanmar attracted 2.64 billion U.S.dollars of foreign investment in the sector of hotels and tourism this year, up 1.5 billion U.S. dollars from 1.14 billion U.S. dollars in 2011.

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