Beginning this high season, a community based tourism (CBT) project will be implemented in seven villages situated within the Ayeyawady Dolphin Conservation Area, according to Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mandalay Region).
The CBT project will be implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. The project will be carried out with an aim to increase the number of tourists’ arrivals.
“Fishing with the assistance of Ayeyawady dolphin is unique to Myanmar. The cooperative fishing practice between fishermen and dolphins attracts tourists. The local people also earn more income from demonstration of fishing with dolphins,” said U San Yu, the assistant director of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mandalay Region).
The project will be implemented in seven villages including Myitsein, Myitkangyi, Hsethe, Seinpangon, Ayegyun and Myaeson villages which are located between Mingun and Kyaukmyaung section of the Ayeyawady River. The authorities will transport the tourists using water vessels with bed rooms from Mandalay jetties to Ayeyawady dolphin conservation area. The tourists have to sleep on the vessel for overnight trips.
“Previously, people are asking the water vessel to watch the dolphins. Now, we will send the limited number of water vessels for the tourists. We don’t have any guest house at the villages. Therefore, the tourists have to sleep and eat on the water vessels, said U Han Win, in-charge of Ayeyawady Dolphin Conservation.
There are 26 dolphins in the Dolphin Conservation Area in Mandalay Region. The authorities are also promoting the local business such as pottery business, edible oil production and bamboo hats production business in those villages with an aim to create more job opportunities for the local people.
Aung Thant Khine