Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018
Myanmar’s Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio recently called for exploring sustainable tourism development plans. He stressed the need for creating new tourism routes and attractions and to combine innovation with its abundant natural resources, so that it brings abundant choices for the tourists.
U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the Natural Tourism Industry, said that a systematic plan is needed for the development of the tourism sector.
He said that Myanmar needs to be promoted to the world as a place of interest, and emphasized the need to provide convenient and safe services and safe food to visitors. He highlighted various plans like availability of visa-on-arrival, direct international flights and visa-free entry to nationals of targeted countries.
According to statistics, more than 2.9 million foreign tourists visited Myanmar in 2016 and as of the end of October 2017, the figure stood at 3.1 million, an year-on-year increase of 20 percent.
In accordance with the theme of the world tourist organisation of last year, which is “Sustainable Tourism – a Toll for Development”, Myanmar has adopted a policy of sustainable development of tourism.
Myeik Archipelago in southern Tanintharyi Region, made up of more than 800 islands, is a great site for eco-tourism, such as hiking, bird watching, diving, trekking and snorkeling. The visitors can also enjoy sightseeing trips on luxury motor boats. However, visitors are banned from touching natural coral reefs and taking the shells of sea snails. Meanwhile, Myanmar’s Tourism Federation has called for preserving Indawgyi Lake, the country’s largest fresh water lake northernmost Kachin State, also a heaven for birds, to promote eco-tourism. Myanmar is also striving for enlisting Bagan as one of the world’s cultural heritages lying in the central part of the country with thousands of religious edifices and pagodas.