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Proposal for eight new tourism sites in Bago Region

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The Bago Region government is working on developing new travel destinations through developing sites of interest at lakes, reservoirs and waterfalls in the region, according to an official of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Tentatively, 10 sites in the region were selected and studied by officials of the ministry as well as some organizations involved in the tourism industry. Studies concluded that five sites have potential to be developed into tourism sites. The ministry also found three more spots through their own observations. There are now eight potential sites in total, and a proposal for the sites was submitted to the regional government for consideration.

“We went to the chosen places for a feasibility survey and then what we saw and surveyed was reported to the regional government. Whether the plan is carried out or not depends on the regional government. We all presented requirements, possible sites, and things to be provided to them. It is the ministry’s role to decide whether to implement this plan,” said U Myint Htwe, deputy director-general of the ministry who was with the team involved in the feasibility survey.

Among the sites selected are Shwe Kyin Pakwee Research Lake, Moatkhar Waterfall and Elephant Camp and Moatkhar, Alyni and Pathi reservoirs.

These places are where travellers could observe 45 species of Myanmar fish. A field survey on the places was carried out over five days from May 15 to 19.

Supplying resources for the development of travel destinations in Bago Region is helpful to the tourism industry and would provide economic opportunities for local people as well. This tourism development plan would require establishment of the necessary infrastructure systems. Roads, water and power supplies should be primary facilities and should be fully ready along with other relevant facilities. 

The possible attractions include the living heritage and culture, history, environment, natural quietness and beautiful scenery as well as activities that travellers could involve themselves in.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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