Community tourism scheme opens

Myat Sue Naing

Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, tour companies, Action Aid Myanmar and the Myanmar Tourism Industry Federation, community-based tourism is now being introduced in six areas,  in Kachin State and Kanpatlat Township, Chin State, according to the ministry.

The six sites are villages around Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, Loikaw Township in Kayah State, Thantaunggyi in Kayin State, Pa-O region of southern Shan State, Myaing Township in Magway Region and Mingun in Mandalay Region.

The opening ceremony of the community-based initiative was held at Hswar Laung village, Kanpatlat, on January 3.

Ohn Maung, minister for hotels and tourism, together with the head of the electricity and industry of Chin State and tourism chiefs made a field trip to the Hswar Laung village, Chin State, in May last year.

Plans include showing off the traditions and daily lives of Chin people, their customs and clothing, financial management and human resources training. 

Visitors are intended to stay in Chin houses built with bamboo, thatch and wood.