The number of inbound tour visitors have increased year on year, said Dr Myo Gyi, the vice chairman of Domestic Pilgrimages and Tour Operators Association.
“The number of holidaymakers has risen. More tour destinations are created across the country”, he added.
The number of visitors doubled from that of three years ago. There were 7.1 million domestic travellers in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Most of them are day trippers as well as 4-day 3-night tour visitors.
“A person spends Ks 100,000 in a minimum for a route and the local visitors purchase souvenirs and make donations.
They play a vital role in inbound tours and so they must not be neglected and be given special attention”, he continued.
Previously, only Taunggyi, Inle, Bagan, Kyaiktiyo hosted large numbers of local visitors. More recently, the Myeik Archipelago, Ava, Sri Ksetra (Thayakhittaya), and the Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp have attracted the attention of local travellers.
Apart from January, May and June, each region and state is crowded with local pilgrims and visitors during public holidays. “Chin State and Kawthoung are designated as new tourism places in the coming open season. Kachin trips, which were suspended, will be opened again, said a pilgrimage operator.
Trips linked with the Domestic Pilgrimages and Tour Operators Association looks to be safer and sounder with the services of their skillful and friendly tour guides, said U Myo Gyi.
“Our pilgrimage has started to practice garbage collection during our trips in order to raise awareness of environmental conservation and to keep the environment clean”, he added.
May Thet Hnin