“Rethinking Tourism”: PM addresses the World Tourism Day Celebration

27 September 2022
2022-09-27 21:12

The World Tourism Day 2022 celebration was held at the Myanmar International Convention Center-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday with an address by Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

At the event, the Prime Minister said that the World Tourism Organization was established in 1946 to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in the world nations and to expand travelling on a global scale.

Today, 160 countries including Myanmar are participating as member countries.For this year, Indonesia which is a member country of the WTO is hosting the World Tourism Day ceremony and this year theme is “Rethinking Tourism”.

The Prime Minister added that the world nations have been affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and  have faced many difficulties in the tourism industry and related industries.In such a situation, it needs to rethink and react the tourism industry and cooperate to be more resilient.Myanmar, which is a member of the WTO has been celebrating the World Tourism Day since 2012 and this is for 11 times.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world's tourism operations including Myanmar, have almost suspended and related businesses and the employment opportunities of the people who depend on tourism have also been affected a lot.

According to the COVID–19 Economic Relief Plan, the government set to spend 3% to 4% of the State finance and 21.4 billion kyats have been loaned to 244 travel companies, 339 hotels and guesthouses to date. For reoperating of domestic and international tourism industry, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is vaccinating to people working in the tourism industry as a priority and about 300,000 people working in the tourism sector nationwide have been vaccinated, he said.

To respond the impact of COVID-19 on the Myanmar tourism industry, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism continues to implement 2021-2025 Myanmar Tourism Strategic Recovery Roadmap which includes 18 strategies and 93 detailed plans for achieving long and short term goals.

The Prime Minister pointed out that now the global pandemic has been controlled to some extent and tourism industries could be resumed in more than 100 countries, including Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the infection of COVID-19 has decreased since October 2021 and  it has been found that domestic tourism has begun to improve. In addition, the international airlines were allowed to resume starting 17th April 2022.

So, the good prospects were found to resume tourism industry and e-Visa have been allowed starting 20th May 2022. He stressed the needs on the development of tourism industry that can provide for the state's economy and progress.

The Prime Minister urged all to participate actively in the process for the sustainable and resilience of Myanmar's tourism industry as the motto of this year “Rethinking Tourism”. 

Later, a video message of the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization was shown. Then, the Prime Minister presented awards to the winners in the Myanmar Innovative Tourism Startup Competition.

Vice Chairman of the SAC Deputy Prime Minister Vice Senior General Soe Win then presented prizes to the winners in the article contest commemorating the celebration.

Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism Dr Htay Aung awarded winners for the university and basic education level essay contests. The Prime Minister and party then viewed around the display of booths in commemoration of the world tourism day.

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