The number of local visitors and tourists entering Monywa, Kalay, Sagaing, Katha and Shwebo sites in the Sagaing Region during the 2017-2018 fiscal year has increased 13.45 per cent compared to the 2016-2017 FY, according to a report prepared by the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Sagaing Region).
The Sagaing Region government is developing tourism in the Sagaing Region by distributing guide maps and brochures of tourism destination sites and historical sites, and documenting the magical places. Therefore, the number of visitors to the Sagaing Region has increased this year.
Of the 30 tourist destinations in the Sagaing Region, only eight sites were popular among visitors, according to the Sagaing Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
Of the six tourist zones in the Sagaing Region, Monywa recorded the highest number of visitors. Kalay is the second most popular destination for travellers. The other places cannot compete with these two towns.
The Khamti site is a little known tourist site because of the transport difficulties. The Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary is a tourist attraction in the Khamti zone. There is a direct flight from Mandalay to Khamti. Also, it can be visited via the sea route.
A community-based tourism site has been created in the Sagaing Region this year. There are plans to create more tourist destinations.
Monywa, Kalay, Sagaing, Shwebo and Katha recorded 123,370 local visitors and 27,330 international tourists, totalling more than 150,700 visitors, during the 2016-2017 FY.
Last FY saw an increase by some 20,260 visitors compared to the previous year, with 143,350 local visitors and 27,600 international tourists.
Myo Win Tun (Monywa)