Myanmar wants ancient capital listed as world heritage site
Tourism in Myanmar will become a “success story”, the head of UNWTO has said during a visit there. The country is “very keen” to rejoin the international body, Myanmar President U Thein Sein told Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the UNWTO.
“In the case of Myanmar, we are very optimistic”, the secretary general said. “The country has tremendous natural and environmental qualities. It is also located in a region that is booming. We feel that we can achieve a tourism success story in Myanmar.” Among other things, the two discussed tourism promotion. “We think that Myanmar must have a strong brand like all the other Asian destinations,” Rifai said.
Myanmar is trying to get the ancient capital of Bagan listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a “fantastic open museum”, according to Rifai.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s President’s Office and Ministry of Hotels & Tourism have approved a new 250-hectare hotel zone at Inle Lake. Set on a hill overlooking the lake, the site will accommodate 16 hotels, for which development plans are already underway.
[pictured: Evening at Inle Lake; photo by Ralf-André Lettau]