Shwe Indein pagoda, Myanmar (Source: irrawaddy.org)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio on December 22 called for making sustainable tourism development plans, stressing the need to create new tourist routes and attractions, and abundant natural resources to provide more choices for tourists.

Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the Natural Tourism Industry, said despite numerous natural landscapes, the number of visitors to Myanmar remains below expectation, the Myanmar News Agency reported.

While promoting Myanmar to the world as a place of interest, he emphasised the need to provide convenient and safe services to visitors, including the availability of visa-on-arrival, direct flights from international countries and visa-free entry to nationals of targeted countries.

President of Myanmar Tourism Federation U Yan Win suggested that the government supply funds for tourism development, open border entrances and give visa exemption to visitors from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Statistics showed that more than 2.9 million foreign tourists visited Myanmar in 2016 and as of the end of October 2017, the figure was 3.1 million, a year-on-year increase of 20 percent .-VNA