New destinations like Mainmahla Khun of Bogale, Pyapon, in the pipeline to attract more tourists

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Scenes around Mainmahla Kyun.

The Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association has been trying to attract more visitors to new destinations such as Mainmahla Kyun in Bogale and Pyapon, Ayeyarwady Region.

“After presenting our current difficulties in tourism to the State, we have been conducting workshops. We are also negotiating with local organizations and regional tourism committees to attract more visitors. These new destinations include Pyapon, Bogale and Mainmahla Kyun. We are trying as much as we can,” said U Naung Naung Han, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.

In addition, the association submitted a proposal to the government to allow more unrestricted trips to foreign visitors to Myanmar.

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Scenes around Mainmahla Kyun.

“We are working for more free travels of foreign tourists. At present, tour operators need to obtain prior permissions for their package tours. If free travel is allowed to visit Bagan, Mandalay and Inle, more tourists will come. For example, Kyaiktiyo is a popular destination for many Thai tourists. As it requires prior approvals, we might lose some travellers when they reserve a booking. So, we have suggested to the government that If they allow more free trips, there will be more visitors,” he added.

Moreover, efforts are being made to facilitate currency exchange for foreign tourists and to attract more visitors to stable areas, the association said.

October to April every year is the peak tourist season in Myanmar, and since the beginning of this year, there have been signs of an increase in tourist arrivals amid efforts by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to promote inbound tourism and develop new destinations.

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Caption –Scenes around Mainmahla Kyun

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