In an attempt to increase visitors to the country, Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will focus on ecotourism. Myanmar will open a new ecotourism site, near Oaktwin and Pauk Khaung townships, in the Bago Yoma forest later this year.
Myanmar currently has 21 ecotourism sites, which include 16 existing sites and a handful of underdeveloped ones, as well as 13 community-based tourism projects in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magwe and Yangon regions and Shan, Karenni and Kachin states.
Marine Tourism is also opening up on the Myeik archipelago. The country is now promoting the archipelago, which lies in the far south of the country. The area is emerging as an attractive destination for travellers who have already visited Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon.
Ecotourism and community-based tourism are now strong marketing trends used to attract tourists and Myanmar has already considerable experience in homestay and community-linked tourism.