Field study made in Yangon to implement community-based tourism project
Tourism authorities are currently making field study in project areas in Yangon Region prior to the implementation of community based tourism project, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism under the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The ministry plans to implement the CBT projects in some villages in Hlegu, Taikkyi and Kawhmu townships because the areas have a great potential. U Naing Win, director of Yangon Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, said: “We are exploring the potential areas where there are a lot of culture, customs and traditional handicraft making businesses to attract foreign visitors.
The projects will be implemented with the involvement of villagers. The region government has vowed to offer technical supports to the target villages. Public participation plays an important role in implementing the CBT projects. Now, we are still making field study in the project areas.”
During the iled study, the tourism authorities founded that some areas in Hlegu and Taikkyi townships have potential to implement not only CBT projects but also ecotourism businesses. Yangon’s first CBT project has successfully been developed in Kyaikthale Village in Twantay Township since February 2017. Currently, the CBT project sees a slow progress and is needed to make more naturalization. The CBT projects are implemented not only in Yangon but also in villages in Sagaing, Taninthayi, Mandalay, Ayeyawady and Magway regions, as well as Shan, Chin and Kayah states.