Part of tourism profits should be spent on environment

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Tourists visit archipelago in Myeik, Taninthayi.

Tourism and the environment have a very complex and interdependent relationship. Since the number of tourists has increased, the Taninthayi region’s islands are likely to be suffering from the negative impacts by the waste disposal and the sand extraction, according to Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
“Marine tourism needs to be carried out in such a way as not to adversely affect the ecosystem. Some of the income from the tourism businesses should be spent on environmental conservation,” said Fauna & Flora International’s Myanmar Programme Director, Frank Momberg.
Local and foreign investors are interested in investing in the Taninthayi region because of the many beautiful natural beaches, famous underwater reefs and interesting culture of the Salon ethnic people. Currently, there are 39 resorts and 47 hotels in Taninthayi region, it is learnt.
The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation has held workshops jointly sponsored by FFI and the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) with the aim of effectuating the sustainable development of tourism in Taninthayi region.



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