Kyaikhtiyo set for tourist boom: vice-president

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and its region have strong prospects for cultural and natural tourism thanks to the east-west economic corridor which aims to link Bangkok and Yangon, according to Vice-President Nyan Tun, who was visiting Kimpun camp in Kyaikto, Mon State.

The vice-president has called for measures to avoid damage to cultural heritage and the environment. A committee for sustainable development for Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and its surroundings was needed, including protection against natural disasters and protecting the socioeconomic life of the Kyaikhtiyo region, he added.

Kyaikhtiyo had a long historical background and invaluable cultural heritage for all national races, he said, adding that it must be preserved as a national treasure.

More than 2.1 million visitors arrived last year compared with 900,000 in 2010.

The vice-president called on officials to draw up a plan for sustainable development and environmental conservation in cooperation with ministries, scholars, ecologists, social organisations and village elders.