Tour operators, hoteliers, international
organizations and government officials from the Greater Mekong
sub-region and around the world, will convene at the Travel
Leaders Symposium on Sustainable Tourism in Bagan, Myanmar, this
Sunday, 27 November 2011.
There, they will make new contacts and
map out strengths, opportunities and challenges of managing the
growth of tourism in to Myanmar.
The forum is taking place in one of the
world's largest ancient cities, containing over 2,500 temples
dating from the 11th century.
"We are looking forward to
welcoming guests from all Asia and the world," said H.E. U Tint Hsan, Minister, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
"We are very proud
to host this event in an iconic location in Myanmar. We want to
build a successful and sustainable tourism future for the country. Bagan is a good place to start."
During the event, sessions will be held on topics such as
sustainable tourism and the environment, best-case practices in
community-based tourism and using social media for responsible
Participants will also examine how modern technology such as electronic visas can contribute to the growth
of arrivals and the efficiency of tourism in Myanmar and the
Greater Mekong sub-region.
The event will wrap up with a Travel
Leaders Roundtable Discussion entitled, The Future of Sustainable Tourism in Myanmar.
Mason Florence, Executive Director of
the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), said, "Myanmar is
quickly re-emerging as Asia's next fabulous tourism destination for
visitors who prefer to travel independently, and pay a premium
over joining traditional tour groups. These travellers like to
experience and interact at a deeper level with the local culture,
heritage, and the people. Myanmar offers an incredible range of
Organizers expect over 100 participants at the
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