Tourist arrival to CBT villages in southern Shan State on the rise

Myat Su Naing

Arrivals of international tourists in community based tourism villages of Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships in southern Shan State are on the increase, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships received winner awards at a tourism fair held in Berlin, Germany. Now, more foreign tourists are coming to Pao ethnic villages in these townships where community based tourism project is being implemented.

Pao Region Community Based Tourism (CBT) Committee started implementing the project in Inni and Hteene villages in 2015 and accepted arrivals of tourists in 2016. Moreover, Leigaung Village was also regarded as CBT village in 2017 and foreign tourists were accepted at the beginning of this year.

According to annual figures released by the ministry, 597 foreign tourists arrived in those villages in 2016 generating income of K23.3 million. In 2017, 694 tourists arrived there spending K28.3 million. Within the past three months this year, 298 foreign tourists came to those CBT villages generating income of K12.5 million.