Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy.
In another indication of Myanmar's increased connectivity with the region, verification has come of a bus route to link Myanmar with Thailand and India.
Myanmar's Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham called for upgrading and providing adequate tourist facilities to timely sustain the tourist growth that Myanmar has already achieved, said an official daily on Saturday.
A total of 269,851 foreign travelers visited Myanmar's world-known Shwedagon Pagoda in the first eight months of 2013, up 29 percent from last year, according to the pagoda's Board of Trustees Monday.
During the period, visitors from Thailand topped with 45,282.
Myanmar is planning to upgrade and open the existing Muse border point with China's Ruili as an international entry and exit gate as the second phase of boosting tourism following those with Thailand, Myanmar Minister of Immigration and Population U Khin Yi told Xinhua at a press conference here Sunday.
"It can be possible within two to three months ," Khin Yi said.
Foreign visitors holding valid passport and visa will be allowed to enter and exit Myanmar through the Muse gate like Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports, he said.
Previously, Muse border point stands as a gate for foreign visitors to enter across border and exit from the same point holding temporary border pass. The same applies to Myanmar citizens.