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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greater Mekong Sub-region countries eye for long-term tourism development

Yangon September 14

Greater Mekong Sub-region tourism master plan (2016-2025) will include five strategies including human resources development.

U Tint Thwin, director-general of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, said: “We had had comprehensive discussions on wide-ranging subjects at Mekong Tourism Forum in Thailand and Cambodia. Member countries are also holding discussions respectively so that the (next) forum can represent the collective voices of all stakeholders.”

Among the five strategies are human capital development, promotion of tourism infrastructure, responsible tourism and improvement of tourism service, implementation of market promotional programs and smoother transportation among the member countries.

Concerned departments and bodies have also been urged to provide recommendations in designing the Greater Mekong Subregion tourism master plan which sets out the tourism development goals in next ten years. 

Japanese tour guide Ma Phyo Thaw said: “There should be a system that can help member countries assist with each other in developing human resources. Again, the master plan must be able to prevent human trafficking on the pretext of tourism.”

Greater Mekong Sub-region countries which include of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have expressed their commitment to fight against all forms of trafficking in persons and slavery in accordance with international treaties in cooperation with international agencies.

The Myawady Daily

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