Tourism is the biggest challenge for NLD to maintain power in 2020: Yangon Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister

Theingi Win Tin


Tourism is the biggest challenge for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) to maintain its power in 2020, said Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Yangon Region Minister for Karen Ethnic Affairs, at a talk titled “the future of smokeless factories”.

“As a regional minister, I believe that tourism should be put on the priority list. Our country has lagged far behind in the technology. We need to use technologies for the smooth operations of a government. The situation will remain unchanged as long as we cannot overcome technological barriers. Tourism should be the first priority in the economic sector. To achieve this goal, all officials who are included in the governmental body need to predict and know technologies. Cooperation is also needed,” she added.

The number of tourist arrivals reached 4.6 million in 2015, 2.91 per cent in 2016 and 3.44 million in 2017. The number of tourist arrivals hit 1.97 million until July 2018.

Tint Thwin, Director-General of Department of Hotels and Tourism said: “Tourism sector is a major driving force for the country’s economic development. There should be distinct economic policies for tourism sector. Economists and policy makers need to think about the importance of tourism sector. Tourism is the only one for rapid economic development of least developed countries.  Tourism sector is designated as the best income-generating sector in drafting the export strategy by the commerce ministry in the time of previous government.

For the sustainable development of tourism sector, the government will draft a strategy for 2030 after reviewing advantages and disadvantages.