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President Thein Sein discusses tourism boom with hoteliers

BAGAN—President Thein Sein yesterday discussed matters related to Myanmar’s booming tourism industry with hoteliers in the Bagan Hotel Zone in Bagan Region, one of the country’s prime tourist destinations.

“These three groups—government, the hoteliers association and the administration sector—need to cooperate with each other to help increase the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar. The government will be fulfilling the requirements of basic infrastructure such as communication access, water, electricity, and airports. Moreover, tourist safety and regional sanitation tasks will also be carried out together with the administration sector,” said the president.

“It is necessary to preserve cultural heritage as long-term conservation for the tourism industry to boom in ancient Bagan City. Tourists have to visit Bagan every year because Bagan possesses a lot of Myanmar’s cultural heritage. Moreover, four hotel zones are being built in Bagan and five more hotel zones will also be implemented. The government has planned an urban development project that includes no buildings near ancient pagodas.”

Thein Sein added that there will be hotel shortages whenever Myanmar hosts international standard conferences. This year alone, Myanmar is set to host the BIMSTEC meeting, the ASEAN Summit and the East-Asia Summit. Thus the number of tourist arrivals is bound to increase.

The president urged people to cooperate with the government in developing the tourism industry so that the socio-economic lives of the people will also develop.

In the evening, the president paid homage at famous pagodas in Bagan.

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