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Union Minister U Ohn Maung inspects CBT in Nyaung Shwe

Union Minister U Ohn Maung meeting with local ethnic Pa-O people in Nyaung Shwe. Photo: MoHT
Union Minister U Ohn Maung meeting with local ethnic Pa-O people in Nyaung Shwe. Photo: MoHT

Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung, Shan State Hotels and Tourism Department Director U Htein Aung Naing and other officials inspected community-based tourism (CBT) in Star Village in Nyaung Shwe township on 16 April. The CBT committee members from Star Village welcomed the minister and other officials and explained their activities. The union minister inspected the CBT buildings and highlighted the requirements.
CBT was implemented in Star Village, Nyaung Shwe, in 2016. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year (FY), Star Village accepted some 400 visitors. In the 2017-2018 FY, the village received some 546 visitors. The union minister and his delegation watched the traditional boat race of the local people and gave away cash prizes to the winners. The union minister then visited Phayar Taung Village in the evening.
Phayar Taung Village implemented CBT in 2016. It welcomed 326 visitors in 2017 and 187 visitors, as of April 2018. Star Village and Phayar Taung Village is located to the south of Inle Lake. The region government can earn revenue by implementing CBT in these villages. Besides creating job opportunities for the local people, CBT has helped revive boat racing, fishing and traditional massages, which had almost disappeared from these villages.—GNLM

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