August 19, 2016

MoHT expands ecotourism destinations

the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced they will open up 22 regions of the country to ecotourism for both foreign and local travelers.
Efforts to design the government-backed Ecotourism Plan began in 2015 in the name of developing Myanmar’s tourism sector, and are reportedly being drawn up in accordance with the relevant laws and legislation.
Ecotourism provides people with a sustainable and dependable livelihoods and advocates the protection and conservation of forests and woodlands.
“The numbers of tourists visiting Myanmar is augmenting year upon year. That’s why we’re expanding the eco-tourism projects.
We’ll also make it possible to survey the country’s flora and fauna in order to protect natural wildlife,” said U Tint Thwin, director of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The Department of Forestry and MoHT are reportedly working together to expand eco-tourism to corners of Myanmar which presently receive little to no tourists.
“Myanmar now boasts twenty-two new eco-tourism destinations. That said, we haven’t been able to implement any economic activities in these areas as yet.
The reason being, we’re still eyeing which projects would be potentially sustainable. Then there’s the safety of tourists in these areas to think about, that’s important. Some parts of northern Kachin and Shan States still lack stability,” said U Thet Lwin Toh, chair of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association.
Some of the destinations earmarked for ecotourism development include the Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myaing
Hay Wun Elephant Camp in Yangon Region and Khakaborazi National Park in the northern most frontiers of the country which surrounds Myanmar’s highest peak.
A total of 4.7 million foreign tourists streamed into Myanmar through its international airports during last year’s 2015-16 financial year, while estimates put this year’s figures at reaching 5.5 million.—Myitmakha News Agency


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