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Myanmar Unveils $500 Million Tourism Plan

NAY PYI TAW (MYANMAR), June 12 (BERNAMA- NNN-ADB) -- Myanmar, alongside the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Norway, has unveiled a Tourism Master Plan which outlines 38 development projects valued at nearly a half billion dollars that will help increase Myanmar's tourism competitiveness, protect environmentally important areas, and safeguard ethnic communities.

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Myanmar launches 320m tourism plan

Myanmar has launched a 320m master plan to draw in tourists, to be funded by Norway.

The country last week unveiled a new tourism strategy, which involves 38 development projects, in a collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the Norwegian government.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that if Myanmar continued to implement economic, political, and social reforms, international visitor arrivals were forecast to rise as high as 7.5 million by 2020 - a seven-fold increase from current numbers.

Tourism will be a pillar of Myanmars economy, and it has the potential to create meaningful job opportunities for the countrys people, including those living in poor communities, ADB vice president Stephen Groff said.

This plan is a long-term vision, and a solid start to ensuring tourism contributes to equitable social and economic development in Myanmar.

Among the projects are plans to expand international air arrivals in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, undertaking improvements to the Bagan river pier to support more cruises, and building feeder roads in destinations such as Ngapali beach and Inle Lake.

The plan also outlines the need for new tourist police divisions to be set up not only to safeguard tourists, but to prevent child trafficking and sex tourism.
http://www.ttgdigital.com/news/general-news/myanmar-launches-320m-tourism-plan/4687924.article

Cr.By Amelia Romanos | Zin Linn
Report by Natalie P.Srisutcharit, EBC News

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