Oct 13, 2014

Myanmar develop tourism around Inle Lake.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says a plan to develop tourism around Inle Lake is being discussed in order to boost tourism to the region.
The tourism minister, Htay Aung, told local media that the ministry has already mapped out destination management plans for the tourism sector in Inle Region and will reveal them shortly.
“We will hold discussions with international organisations next month. The plan will kick off  once agreements are inked.”

The ministry has joined hands with the Institute for International Development and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and tour destinations in and around Inle Lake.
The plan is part of the master plan for the tourism sector that focuses on Inle, Kayah State.
The tourism master plan includes 12 regions – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kyaikhteeyoe, Ngapali, Ngwesaung, Putao, Myeik, Naga, Natmauk Mountain, Loikaw and Inle.
Some business owners from the tourism industry say Inle Lake needs to be protected rather than exploited for tourism.
The minister said: “Inle Lake is our natural heritage. The President said we should not build hotels and inns recklessly in Bagan as travellers go there to study the cultural footprints of the zone, not to rest in luxurious accommodation. No one will be willing to visit Myanmar if our cultural, natural heritages is destroyed. We should make a collective push to maintain our landmarks.”
Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Townshipof Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar.
It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 sqkm), and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet (880 metres).
The best time of the year to visit is during September and October.
The nearest airport is Heho Airport which is 35 km away. There are flights from both Yangon and Mandalay. Yangon is 660 km away by road, Mandalay 330 km.
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