Union Minister U Ohn Maung attends Myanmar Traditional Food Show in Bagan

Union Minister U Ohn Maung visits the food stalls in Lawkananda Pagoda in Bagan. Photo: MNA
Union Minister U Ohn Maung visits the food stalls in Lawkananda Pagoda in Bagan. Photo: MNA

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, a two-day Myanmar Traditon Food Show 2018 was successfully held by Myanmar Tourism Federation, Myanmar Hoteliers Association and Myanmar Restaurant Association near Lawkananda Pagoda in Bagan on 18 and 19 August.
The Union Minister delivered an opening speech at Myanmar Traditional Food Show 2018 on 19 August and Mandalay Region the Commerce Minister, chairpersons, secretary and members of Myanmar Tourism Federation and associates, officials from related departments, diplomats, development partner associations and 300 representatives attended the event.
Myanmar Restaurant Association and Myanmar Chefs Association displayed traditional and locally well-known dishes with 26 stalls from nine places —Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, southern Shan, Kayah, Mawlaymyine, Dawei, Kayin and Kyaito.
The Union Minister said in his opening remark that this event aims to promote tourism in green season with the title of Taste of Bagan- Flabvours. Also, this food fair is an initiative for promotion of Myanmar traditional food among local people and foreigners.
Tourism may bring about socio-economic development of the people, promotion traditional food and preservation of customs of the local people and cultural heritage.
Food tourism has grown considerably and has become popular among tourists. Food competitions are held to attract the tourists in foreign countries. World Food Tourism Association set 2018 as the Year of the Gastronomy and held food shows to promote gastronomy tourism. Through food show, tourists can taste traditional foods and locally well-known cuisines.
Efforts are needed to create Bagan a popular tourist destination in the competitive tourism market, promoting traditional food. Bagan is such a nice place to travel in the rainy season and this show aims to promote this trip among local and foreign travelers.
The government is making efforts for Bagan to be listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage. All the stakeholders in tourism industry need to cooperate to hold the events like that every year.
The Union Minister and the guests visited the food stalls and encouraged the rowing festival held in Lawkananda Pagoda.
Afterwards, the Union Minister inspected Community Based Tourism implementation and improvement in Magyeekan Village in Salay Town, Magway Region and addressed the officials to facilitate the visitors and create affordable trip plan. He also advised the related officials to ensure electric power in the village and prepare medical aids.
The CBT can bring benefits to the local residents during a short term. Currently, 21 destinations are designated for CBT and 15 CBT plans in 38 villages are completed. The remainders will be continued to be implemented.—MNA

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