Friday, 30 May 2014

Ecotourism pricy in Myanmar

YANGON, 26 May 2014: Tourism experts say due to poor infrastructure and a shortage of suitable transport, ecotourism tours in Myanmar are more expensive than similar tours sold in neighbouring countries or to Myanmar’s beach resorts.

Eco-tourism trips to Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp, Natmataung, and the Myeik Archipelago are considerably more expensive than holidays at Ngwe Saung Beach and Chaungtha Beach booked at three to four-star resorts.

The main problem, according to experts is the lack of quality transport. There is a shortage of economical tour buses forcing visitors to hire cars and drivers.

Local ecotourism operator, Ma New, told the media that citizens are now travelling more than before in the country. Domestic tourism is taking off, but its development will be slowed by a lack of support facilities and high prices.

Elephant camps in Myeik Archipelago, Natmataung, Indawgyi Lake, and Kayin State are included among the list of popular ecotourism sites local tourists want to visit. But due to the current costs, these sites only attract foreign visitors who can afford to pay for custom tours.

source: TTR Weekly
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