Mandalay tour operators preparing for new destinations in post-COVID-19

Fishermen catch fish in the Ayeyarwady River with the help of a dolphin. Photo GNLM 0
Fishermen catch fish in the Ayeyawady River with the help of a dolphin. Photo :GNLM

U Myo Ye, Chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association (Mandalay Zone), said that preparations for new tour destinations are underway to revitalize tourism in Mandalay Region, in line with the New Normal in the post-COVID-19 period.
Before the COVID-19 period, international tourists visiting Myanmar visited Mandalay, Mingun, PyinOoLwin, Sagaing, Monywa, Pakokku, Bagan and townships in Shan State. At present, plans are being made to develop new tourist destinations in order to provide more options for tourists as well as to prevent the influx of tourists to the same tourist destinations in the post-COVID-19 era.
“After the COVID-19 period, the tourism industry will have to work with COVID-19 in a new normal way, and plans are underway to draw up new itineraries to suit this situation,” he said. Currently, Mya Kan Thar lake located in Pyu Kan village, TadaU Township, about 16 miles from Mandalay, is being planned to develop a new bird-watching destination. The lake is home to many wintering birds during the winter.
“If the regional authority allows it, service will be provided in line with the New Normal to bird watchers and families to be able to rest comfortably,” he continued. According to him, there will also be new dolphin watching trips and new tourist destinations in Nawnghkio Township and the areas along the Dotthtawadi River which are connected to Mandalay Region. With the improvement of the disease situation, digital marketing system will be used to attract and revitalize the tourism market depending on the number of international tourists allowed to enter to Myanmar. —Min Htet Aung (Man Sub-Printing house) (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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