Major effort for development of Myanmar tourism

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the co-ordination meeting of Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry, addressed the co-ordination meeting of the committee and pointed out the importance of improving, expanding and refining the country’s tourism sector.
The Vice President made his remarks yesterday at the CCDNTI (1/2017) meeting held at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“Priorities … for the development of the socio-economic life of citizens include the tourism industry, a sector that will help the national economy”, U Henry Van Thio said. “Myanmar is a country rich in tourism resources. There are a lot of cultural heritage and national ethnic people’s traditions and customs that can attract globe-trotters to  the Regions and States of Myanmar. These must be explored for the systematic development in the long run.”
The VP added that the refinement and improvement of the tourism experience will continue to attract visitors.
“It must also be carried out to make arrangements for tourists to be convenient for travelling and accommodating from the time of their arrival to their departure, and for their secured touring during their stay. We have had a major tourism project for the systematic development of Myanmar tourism industry. As it can be implemented by changing as needed, depending upon changing time and condition, we want to urge you to manage what can be implemented, depending upon the natural resources in the country.”
U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and secretary of central committee for the development of the national tourism industry, then clarified the systematic development of the tourism industry, followed by discussions by Central Committee Member and Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Ohn Win, U Thein Swe, U Kyaw  Win, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Chief Ministers of Regions and States, chairman of federation for Myanmar Tourism Industry, joint-secretary of central committee and responsible officials.
In closing, U Henry Van Thio said the tourism industry in Myanmar can reach new heights of success with a coordinated effort that involves citizens, the private sector and all government ministries.
“Only if the government, entrepreneurs from the private sector and people will co-operate, will the Myanmar Tourism Industry be successful. That is, not only the respective ministry but also related ministries and respective cabinets of regions and states must work hard to achieve success. Community-based tourism is being implemented to increase creation of job opportunities and to earn more income for local people. Myanmar needs to sustainably maintain the acquired good image of our country and to further assure our good image for survival in the international tourism industry market.”—Myanmar News Agency

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