The Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry (CCDNTI) was held yesterday, with an opening address by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The meeting is the first for 2018, becoming the fourth since the formation of the committee in 2016, and it was held to promote the country’s tourism industry.
In his speech, Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for promoting the image of Myanmar in international communities by participating in international and regional tourism events and by holding road shows in target market countries.
He also stressed the need for arranging excursion visits for international tourism organizations, for making the best use of digital marketing to penetrate the market and to post updated information related with tourism on the web sites of the ministries.
The meeting was attended by U Henry Van Thio, Chairman of the CCDNTI, Union Ministers who are members of the central committee, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, Chief Ministers of regions and states, Deputy Ministers, cabinet members of the region and state governments, departmental heads, representatives of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, representatives of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, affiliated associations and invited personnel.
The Vice President pledged that the State would fund the efforts for promoting tourism industry, urging the tourism organizations to cooperate and coordinate each other in promoting the industry and in finding the market.
According to the forecasts of the World Tourism Organization, international arrivals are expected to reach nearly 1.6 billion by the year 2020, and of them about 123 million are expected to visit the Southeast Asia region.
He stressed the need to make arrangements for tourists to be convenient in their travelling and accommodating them from the time of their arrival to their departure, and for their secured touring during their stay.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio also urged regional and state governments to systematically take measures for providing good services, such as reasonable prices for accommodations, clean and safe food and good sanitation.
He also stressed the need to promote the traditional food of ethnic minorities in regions and states and to provide safety to tourists.
Myanmar is a country, rich in tourist attractions, such as cultural heritage, natural beauties, traditional customs and cuisines of ethnic minorities, he added, saying that they must improve the weaknesses and strengths in paying attention to the recommendations of the visitors, as part of efforts for development of the tourism industry.
“To provide good services to tourists, we need to prepare to make the best of use of the systems which are suitable for the current times,” he said.
More than 3.44 million foreign visitors visited Myanmar in 2017, an increase of 18 per cent compared to the same per iod last year.
The country launched the visa relaxation programme for visitors from Japan, South Korea and China, and the number of visitors from other countries can increase if visa restrictions for them are also relaxed, said the Vice President.
Following his speech, Secretary of the central committee Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung, members of the committee, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Thura U Aung Ko, U Thant Sin Maung, U Thein Swe, Dr. Myint Htwe and U Soe Win reported on matters to be carried out by the ministries.
Chief ministers from regional and state governments and representatives of the industrial and tourism organizations also discussed matters related with the restrictions which should be relaxed to attract tourists.
The meeting came to an end with concluding remarks by the Vice President. — Myanmar News Agency