World Tourism Day observed in Nay Pyi Taw

Vice President U Henry Van Thio looks at documentary photos displayed at the ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day in Nay Pyi Taw, on 9 October 2017. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio looks at documentary photos displayed at the ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day in Nay Pyi Taw, on 9 October 2017. Photo: MNA

A ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day was held yesterday morning at the Myanmar International Convention Center-2, Nay Pyi Taw and Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivered a speech at this event.
The event was attended by Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors General, representatives of United Nations organisations, diplomats, invited guests and officials.
At the event, the Vice President said World Tourism Day was held every year in member countries of (United Nations) World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the aim of economic development, environmental conservation, social and culture development and understanding the importance of tourism. The day’s event was held in accordance with the theme set by UNWTO “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development.” The Official Celebration of 2017 World Tourism Day was held in Doha, Qatar with the aim of making a better future for the world with the driving force of economic development obtained from tourism.
As 2017 was declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development on World Tourism Day, in addition to foreseeing and fulfilling the requirements of future generation as well as having the conviction in long term development of tourism, a drive towards governmental organisations setting up appropriate and correct policies to obtain good practices and for increasing understanding between locals and customers need to be done, said the Vice President.
According to the statement of UNWTO, the number of international travellers was more than 1.2 billion in 2016 and will reach 1.8 billion by the year 2030. The outcome of this increase is expected to increase entry of tourists into Myanmar. In 2016, 2.9 million tourists arrived Myanmar and 3.5 million is estimated to visit this year. From 2017 January to August, there were 2.27 million tourists entering Myanmar and this is an increase of 22 per cent over the same period last year. Worldwide, the tourism sector contributes 10 per cent of GDP value and provides 7 per cent of export value. Tourism is seen as one of the top 10 businesses in the world.
Looking at the likelihood of development in tourism, work opportunities will increase in tourism and related businesses. In the world’s export sector, tourism reaches third place and people related to tourism need to think and work towards long term development.
Tourism is a service between people and for more tourists to enter the country emphasis must be towards the satisfaction of the tourists. The drive towards development of the Myanmar tourism sector is not only for economic purposes only but also aims to increase understanding among cultures. To obtain long term benefits from the fast developing tourism sector appropriate arrangements and preparations against possible challenges and losses from tourism need to be made. Myanmar is a country that is becoming a country with increasing number of tourists. Myanmar has many interesting and exotic places and tours. Myanmar is abundant in natural beauty and wild life. Northern Myanmar has snow-capped mountains, mountain ranges where exotic culture of ethnic nationals can be studied. It is one of the regions in South East Asia where the best historical heritages exist. The amazing site of Bagan region can be seen. Myeik archipelago is formed with more than 800 unspoiled islands that is attracting the attention of nature and marine based tourism. It is a region where the natural beauty and sceneries can be felt and observed. Everything possible needs to be done for smooth and convenient travel to such regions of Myanmar. Responsible travel from the side of the tourists is also important for the long term sustainability and existence of the tourist regions. As tourism is wide ranging and affecting many sectors, cooperation is required between the government sector and the private sector.
DSC 0275 72Tourism related ministries are urged to cooperate, coordinate and work closely with a view towards development of tourism. Much effort has been done for the development of tourism by Nature Based Tourism based on Myeik archipelago with more than 800 islands, rural and village based tourism in states and regions, “historical heritage two ancient capitals in one tour region” between Bagan-Siem Reap. These initiatives were carried out with the aim of uplifting and developing of the living standard and long term sustainability. The Vice President concluded by reminding to always remember the remark of UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai. “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host.”
Next, a video message of UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai was shown and Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson Daw May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Federation joint secretary U Kyaw Min Htin, Myanmar Restaurant Association Vice Chairman Daw Tin Mar Myint and Cherry flower festival organizing committee member U Ye Tun Oo explained about participating in JATA Tourism Expo-2017 held in Tokyo, Japan and matters related to the Sakura Festival Maynmar-2018 for developing Myanmar tourism.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, U Kyaw Win, U Thant Sin Maung, U Ohn Win, U Thein Swe and U Ohn Maung then presented prizes to winners in the World Tourism Day event composition writing, essay writing and debate competition, best service hotels and tour companies award, leading investor in hotel investment in 2016 award, most successful Community Based Tourism (CBT) award, Clean Public Toilet awards and also presented a certificate of honor for achieving the Best ASEAN New Tourism Attraction in the Region (Putao, Eastern Himalayan, Myanmar).— Myanmar News Agency

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