Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary saw low tourist numbers last year

Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary in Waw Township. Photo: Yamanya
Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary in Waw Township. Photo: Yamanya

SITUATED about 70 miles north of Yangon by the Yangon-Mandalay highway in Waw Township ,Bago Region, the Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary and Wetlands Resort received a low number of international tourists last year compared with 2014.
“It is a good place for bird watching,” an observer said. “Myanmar has rich wildlife resources which include over 1,000 species of birds, 130 of which resided in the Moeyungyi Wetland.”
“An increasing number of local people visited the wildlife sanctuary at the beginning of this year, more than foreign tourists,” a spokesperson of a domestic tour company said. “Among local visitors to the sanctuary are students, company staff and families.”
Since 1988 the government has designated the 25,600-acre wide Moeyungyi Wetland a wildlife sanctuary, on which about 17 villages rely on for their daily survival.
Plans are underway to perform a survey on migratory birds coming to the wetlands in winter. The survey programme will be carried out by the ministry in cooperation with bird observers and experts to collect exactly the numbers and species migrating to the wetland each year.
Promoting the tourism industry is one of the government’s priorities to reduce poverty by implementing community-based tourism service businesses across the country.
Thanks to the sector-wide reforms of the current government, the country’s tourism industry has developed over the last few years.
The country received one million visitors in 2012, over two million in 2013, over 3 million in 2014 and around 4.5 million in 2015. Among visitors last year the majority entered the country via border gates.
Although the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expected that the number of visitors would reach up to 5 million during 2015 the country still received over 4 million tourists despite natural disasters breaking out during the monsoon season.

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