BEGINNING this high season, a community-based tourism (CBT) project will be implemented in six villages situated within the Ayeyawady Dolphin protected zone, said U San Yu, assistant director of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mandalay Region).
In collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will carry out implementation of the CBT project in the designated areas towards its goal of increasing number of tourist arrivals.
Fishing with the help of Ayeyawady dolphin is unique to Myanmar. The cooperative fishing practice between fishermen and dolphins attracts international visitors, with residents earning extra income from demonstrations of fishing with dolphins.
The ministry continues to improve local businesses, including small-scale pottery businesses, edible oil production, production of bamboo hats and cheroot-making firms with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for locals, U San Yu said.
Six villages, including Myitsein, Myitkangyi, Hsethe, Seinpangon, Ayegyun and Myaeson villages, located between Mingun and Kyaukmyaung segment of the Ayeyawady River, have been chosen to implement community-based tourism this peak season. According to an official survey, there are 26 dolphins in the Mingun-Kyaungmyaung protected area.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)