The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) will deploy more tourist police in Thandwe and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine state due to the rising number of tourists in those areas.
The areas that will see beefed up security are Thandwe, Kyauktaw, Ngapali Junction, Mazin Airport, Mrauk Oo Archaeology Museum, Shiqthaung Pagoda and Mrauk Oo Airport.
The tourists entering Mrauk Oo totalled 1,900 in 2012, while in 2014 visitor number hit over 3,500. The first half of 2015 has seen more than 2,400 tourists to the ancient city, according to Rakhine state’s tourism department figures.
Thandwe and Ngapali beach saw 33,000 tourists in 2013, 36,000 in 2014, and 21,000 in the first half of 2015, statistics show.
The Tourist Police Force has three units centred in Mandalay, two in Yangon, and two in Shan state, while Ayeyarwady Naypyitaw, Bago, Sagaing, Mon and Kayin have one each, according to deputy minister for home affairs brigadier general Kyaw Kyaw Htun.
Source: Myanmar Business Today