THE Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will implement community-based tourism projects within the first 100 days of the new government’s term at designated areas across Myanmar, a ministry spokesperson said.
The projects will be developed in three phases, including human resources development programmes for locals, exploring new tourist attractions and expanding the tourism market by linking old and new destinations.
There are six new target zones under the programme—Myaing Township in Magwey Region; Thantaunggyi area in Kayin State; Ayeyawady dolphin protected areas in Mandalay; Loikaw in Kayah State; the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone in Shan State and Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State.
In addition, the ministry will explore Gawyingyi Island in Ayeyawady Region and areas around Loikaw as new destinations. Both areas are expected to attract visitors from home and abroad.
The programme will cater to tourists who prefer to create their own experiences in the countryside, observing the culture and lifestyles of ethnic minority communities.
The projects will play a vital role in reducing poverty by creating job opportunities for locals.
Transportation plays an essential part in tourism development. The country needs to focus on infrastructure development and better services.
Last year, Myanmar attracted 4.7 million foreign visitors. Tourist arrivals are expected to hit more than seven million by 2020.
Pyae Phyo Aung