Bagan Region Tourism Development Project to include 16 tasks

Up to 16 initial projects will be implemented under the Bagan Region Tourism Development Project, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan Sub-office).

A team of experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been hired to improve the tourism system in Bagan and to implement infrastructure development and human resources development over three years beginning in November 2014.

The expert team will carry out the processes by dividing them into three categories – enhancing tourism sector administration, filling the basic requirements of the tourism sector and improving human resources.

Up to 16 initial projects will be included in these three categories. The current activities of JICA’s expert team include establishing a Bagan tourism website, building tourism information centres and constructing view points and tourism routes.

From January 2015 to the end of September 2015, over 160,000 tourists visited Bagan, and the area is expected to see more tourists in 2015 than it did in 2014, said Khin Maung Kyi, director of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan Sub-office).

The Myanmar government is in the process of submitting the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone for consideration as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Monument Zone, Ancient Zone, Hotel Zone and Prevention Zone have already been designated through the cooperative work of the Ministry of Culture, the Department of Historical Research and several experts.

Right now, there are 78 hotels and guest houses in the Bagan area, with a total of 2,565 rooms.