Efforts underway to boost tourist arrivals to Myanmar’s natural islands

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Coral reefs seen in Mergui Archipelago, Taninthayi Region. Photo: Kyaw Han (Hotel & Tourism)

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and relevant organisations are making collective efforts to boost international tourist arrivals to Myanmar’s natural islands.
Myanmar has several natural resources and countless attractions. Besides its cultural sites, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, which is part of the Taninthayi Region and is in the Andaman Sea, is gaining popularity among luxury travellers in the international marketplace because of its natural value.
There are more than 800 islands in Mergui Archipelago. Some islands have been opened to visitors under an arrangement with the ministry.
The ministry is trying to implement marine tourism to promote the country’s smokeless industry, said a spokesperson.
Sustainable development of marine resources plays an essential role in implementing eco-tourism in the country, he added.
To raise public awareness on water pollution, departmental staff and officials from the Hotels and Tourism Ministry and related government departments on Sunday participated in a campaign to collect waste from Myinkhwa, Saytan, Athepone and Zardatgyi islands.

 

Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)

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