The number of visitors to Irrawaddy Dolphins Conservation Areas has increased almost double this year, according to local based 7 Day newspaper reported.
A member of Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation and Cooperative Fishing Group said total of 53 visitors have come to the conservation areas this year until November.
In the same period of the previous year, the number of visitors in total was 30.
He said foreign tourists have higher interest in Dolphin monitoring tours after the hotel and tourism ministry established community based tourism in the conservation region in May this year.
The cooperative fishing group has 53 members and the fishermen earn extra income from providing the transportation for the visitors, who monitor the dolphins by boats.
Ref: 7 Day