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June 06, 2018

Opening of new elephant camp aims to catch tourists’ interest

Hmawyawgyi Elephant Camp in Kyaukdaga. Photo: Khin Ko (Kyaukdaga)
Hmawyawgyi Elephant Camp in Kyaukdaga. Photo: Khin Ko (Kyaukdaga)

AS PART OF the government’s environmental conservation programmes, Bago Region Authorities have opened Hmawyawgyi Elephant Camp near the Yangon-Mandalay expressway in Kyaukdaga Township.
The new camp, with 12 elephants, is situated in the northern part of the region which is one mile away from Mile Post 105/7 on the highway near the original undamaged natural environment for elephants.
The camp is also aimed at promoting the country’s ew-tourism through beautiful landscapes. In the opening day, Yangon-based philanthropic organisations made several donations and provided free healthcare to residents.
They offered solar devices and related materials as well as food. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expect that International tourist arrivals in Myanmar are likely to reach over 7 million by 2020.
The country received over 4.6 million international visitors last year.
That number increased by 52 per cent compared with 2014. The ministry estimates the number will increase to 5.5 million this fiscal year.—Khin Ko (Kyaukdaga)


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