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Published on Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:24
Myanmar Ministry of Religious Affairs has relaxed its policy allowing all travelling agencies to provide service for Bodh Gaya trip, according to the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA).
With the recommendation of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the UMTA suggested the ministry since December 18 to grant permission of the Bodh Gaya tour services to all travelling agencies in Myanmar.
All Bodh Gaya itineraries for Myanmar people have been controlled by the ministry of religious affairs during General Ne Win administration since 1960s, according to Hnaung Hnaung, the general secretary of UMTA. The ministry of religious affairs allowed only five travelling agencies for Bodh Gaya pilgrimage in the past.
Some 50 travelling agencies registered for pilgrimages at the ministry of religious affairs, said Hnaung Hnaung, “this is the first step for us to go out.”
Bodh Gaya pilgrimage is the most popular trip for Myanmar people.