Bago Chief Minister stresses on development of ecotourism at meeting

Bago Chief Minister U Win Thein addresses the coordination meeting on hotels and tourism development at the Bago regional government office on 19 February. Photo: Tin Soe (Bago)
Bago Chief Minister U Win Thein addresses the coordination meeting on hotels and tourism development at the Bago regional government office on 19 February. Photo: Tin Soe (Bago)

Ecotourism will be sought and needs to be developed in future, said Chief Minister U Win Thein at a coordination meeting on hotels and tourism development, held on 19 February at the Taw Win Hintha hall of the Bago regional government office.
The meeting started with a speech by Chief Minister U Win Thein, the regional tourism committee chairman, in which he noted that ecotourism, focusing on the country’s forests, mountains, waterways and land, will increase in the future. “We need to give more attention to tourism based on cultural traditions, religious edifices, regional products, and natural resources. Also, we need to notify regional tour guides that tourists are not allowed to go to some restricted areas and that more tours need to be arranged for tourists so they can observe the traditions and cultures of Shan and Kayah villages near Pathi dam,” he said.
Afterwards, regional tourism committee secretary, U Hauk Kyin Mohn, also explained the evaluations and further actions being undertaken in keeping with the resolutions taken at an earlier meeting (3/2019) on the tourism sector. Then, other officials gave their remarks. Between January and December, 2019, Bago Region earned K2.3 billion from 222,091 domestic tourists and 93,930 foreign tourists. The region also opened 82 hotels with 2,097 rooms.
The meeting on Wednesday was also attended by Planning and Finance Minister U Nyunt Shwe, regional government secretary U Khin Maung San, and other regional officials. —Tin Soe (Bago) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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