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Myanmar receives over 30,000 tourists with e-visa in four months

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YANGON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has received 31,000 foreign tourists with online e-visa in four months after the system was introduced in September last year, local media reported Tuesday.

Tourists from the United States topped the number, followed by Britain and Japan.

So far, visitors from about 100 countries and regions have been allowed to enter Myanmar with e-visa.

Myanmar has signed visa exemption agreements with Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and negotiations are underway with Malaysia and Singapore.

Myanmar received 3.05 million tourists in 2014, and is hoping to attract 5 million visitors in 2015.

Of the 3.05 million tourists who visited Myanmar in 2014, 70 percent came from countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The 2014 figure was up 49.5 percent from 2.04 million in 2013, official statistics showed.

The country's tourist earning hit 1.14 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, breaking the record of last year's 914 million U.S. dollars.

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