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Burma works for tourism sustainability
Myanmar's Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio recently invited to explore the blueprint for tourism sustainability and stressed the need to develop new tourism lanes and tourist destinations and to mix innovations with its abundance of nature to provide more choices for tourism. Henry Van Thio, who is also chairman of the Central Committee for the Evolution of Nature Tourism, asked for a systemic tourism growth strategy to be drawn up.
"Despite the wealth of nature and tourism in Myanmar, the number of people visiting the country fell short of expectations," he said. Making Myanmar known as a place of interest in the rest of the globe, he stressed the need to offer comfortable and secure service and secure foods to people. The President of the Myanmar Tourism Federation U Yan Win proposed that the Myanmar Tourism Federation should allocate resources for the tourism industry, open crossings and exempt visas for tourists from the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea.
In 2016, according to figures, more than 2.9 million international visitors came to Myanmar; at the end of October 2017, the number was 3.1 million, an up 20 per cent on the previous year. Burma is expecting 3.5 million visitor destinations in 2017. Myanmar has adopted a tourism sustainability strategy in line with last year's topic of "Sustainable Tourism - A Road Map for Development".
In the past, people also enjoyed sight-seeing tours on luxurious motorboats. It is forbidden for the visitor to touch normal corals and to take the molluscs. Nine domestic and international businesses have been allowed to construct additional properties on 12 Myeik Island, according to tourism agencies, with 200 additional rooms expected in the year.
Meanwhile, the Myanmar Tourist Board has appealed for the preservation of Indawgyi Sea, the biggest freshwater pond in the northern Kachin state, also a paradise for bird life, in order to encourage ecotourism. People explored the area by boating, hiking or cycling. Burma also strives to win Bagan as one of the world's heritage sites, located in the heart of the nation with its thousand sacred buildings and cloisters.