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Symposium on Sustainable Tourism to Take Place in Bagan, Myanmar

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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 tourism development.

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 such experiences."

Organizers expect over 100 participants at the event.

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