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June 25, 2019

Ecotourism industry operators from around world set to converge on Myanmar

 Local visitors take a boat ride on Indawgyi Lake, an ASEAN Heritage Park located in Monyin Township of Kachin State. Myanmar is home to seven of the 35 AHPs. Credit: photography by yarzaryeni, distributed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
Local visitors take a boat ride on Indawgyi Lake, an ASEAN Heritage Park located in Monyin Township of Kachin State. Myanmar is home to seven of the 35 AHPs. Credit: photography by yarzaryeni, distributed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Myanmar will host the 2015 World Ecotourism Conference from 19 to 21 May in Nay Pyi Taw, with discussions focusing on strategies to develop the burgeoning sector in a manner that balances economic growth with environmental conservation.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said the conference, taking place in Myanmar for the first time, will include the launch of the Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy.
Organized by the ministry and the Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the conference expects to host around 200 attendees including tourism ministers and officials, representatives of travel agencies, ecotourism experts and media.
During the three-day conference, panel sessions will be held at The Kempinski Hotel focusing on planning and management of ecotourism in and around protected areas to generate income for local communities, ensure conservation, and address climate change. Myanmar International Convention Centre II will host the opening ceremony and welcome dinner.
After hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum for the first time earlier this year, and with more ecotourism conferences on the cards, the country is looking to boost its impressive growth in the tourism sector, with 5 million overseas arrivals forecast for this year, eclipsing last year’s total of roughly 3.1 million.
Since its initiation of ecologically based tourism in 1998, Myanmar’s areas of natural beauty have become renowned among adventure tourists, particularly those in the lucrative 35-54 age range.
The inaugural World Ecotourism Conference was held in Laos in 2009, followed by Malaysia in 2010, Cambodia in 2011, South Korea in 2012 and the Philippines in 2014.

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