Myanmar launches ecotourism management strategy at international conference in Nay Pyi Taw

Vice President U Nyan Tun addresses opening of International Conference on Ecotourism in  Protected Areas.
Vice President U Nyan Tun addresses opening of International Conference on Ecotourism in Protected Areas.

Myanmar launched its Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy on Tuesday at the International Conference on Ecotourism in Protected Areas in Nay Pyi Taw.
The opening of the conference took place in conjunction with
Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy at Myanmar International Convention Centre-2.
In his welcome address, Vice President U Nyan Tun said the conference provides opportunities to share ideas about environmental conservation and the formulation of a regulatory mechanism to develop the ecotourism sector.
Myanmar recognizes the potential for growth in the sector and is developing its tourism policies accordingly, the Vice President said, adding that ecotourism development is included in the government’s strategy to develop a green economy.
The policy includes expanding the country’s network of protected areas, and aims to establish a diversity of range of quality ecotourism products and services by 2020.
The Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy, developed with technical collaboration from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and supported by the European Union and the GMS-Environment Operation Centre, has six strategic programmes for the development of the country’s ecotourism sector.
They include the strengthening of institutional arrangements, research, and monitoring frameworks, marketing and interpretation, development of ecotourism management plans, investment in infrastructure and establishment of responsible business models.
With significant progress since 2012, Myanmar’s tourism industry is growing at an impressive pace. The country received 3.081 million visitors in 2014, a 51 percent increase over the previous year, and welcomed 909,510 during the first three months of this year.
The three-day conference will run until 21 May.

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