Myanmar earns Ks12.5m from community-based tourism in Pa-O region this year

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Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung (Centre) chat with Pa-O ethnic man as he visits a Pa-O ethnic village to assist in community-based tourism in Pago region. Photo: MoHT

Myanmar earned Ks12.5 million from community-based tourism (CBT) projects in the Pa-O region, southern Shan State, during the past three months, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The Pa-O region is rich in tourist attractions. The area has ancient structures, places of rest and relaxation, forests and mountains and other natural beauty. The tourism authorities implemented the eco-tourism plans to benefit the residents.
The community-based tourism projects were initiated in Hti Ne and Inn Ne villages since 2015. The Pa-O Region CBT Committee started receiving visitors under this programme the following year. The CBT project was also implemented in Loikhaw Village in 2017.
The committee has taken on the responsibility of bringing customers to the village, hosting them at the community houses, serving food and beverages, and organising entertainment and community learning activities.
According to official statistics, some 597 tourists visited the villages in 2016. The figure rose to 694 in 2017. The number of tourists who visited the villages this year reached 298.
The country earned Ks23.3 million from the CBT projects in 2016 and Ks28.3 million in 2017.
Myanmar received the social responsible tourism award for the Pa-O region at the ITB Berlin 2017, an international travel trade show held in City Cube Berlin, Germany, in March 2017.

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