Thursday, 10 July 2014

Travel agencies urged to promote Myanmar's new UNESCO site

THE minister of hotels and tourism is calling on local tour operators, hoteliers and media to leverage Myanmar's newly listed UNESCO World Heritage site, Pyu Ancient Cities, to attract more travellers into the country.

Speaking on June 30 at a Myanmar Tourism Federation meeting, minister Htay Aung said: “This is a good opportunity for us and we need to promote Pyu Ancient Cities (and this can be done) by putting it in your itineraries for the coming season. Also I would like to ask you all to spread the information by uploading this to your own websites to get more awareness internationally.”

Pyu Ancient Cities contains remnants of the Pyu Kingdoms that thrived for over 1,000 years between 200BC and 900 AD, specifically that of three cities – Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra.

The World Heritage Committee inscribed Pyu Ancient Cities into the World Heritage List on June 22.

Seven Star Tours' managing partner, Phyu Phyu Mar, told TTG Asia e-Daily: "I have had tours including Sri Ksetra since a long time ago, but never to Halin and Beikthano. I don't know what the road condition is like or how to link those with existing packages. I am collecting information now but am optimistic that Pyu Ancient Cities is another selling point for tour operators, and must be promoted internationally."

source: TTG Asia
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