Myanmar emphasis on ecotourism

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 31 July 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will focus on ecotourism in an attempt to increase visitors to the country.

Ecotourism and community-based tourism are now strong marketing trends used to attract tourists and Myanmar has already considerable experience in homestay and community-linked tourism.

Myanmar currently has 21 ecotourism sites, which include 16 existing sites and a handful of underdeveloped ones, as well as 13 community-based tourism projects in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magwe, and Yangon regions and Shan, Karenni and Kachin states. Read more

Bid to boost ecotourism

July 21, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 21 July 2017: Various ministries in Cambodia that have links to tourism will work together to boost ecotourism.

Khmer Times reported ministries of tourism, environment, agriculture, forestry and fisheries will work together to help communities take advantage of opportunities to get involved in ecotourism.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon was quoted saying there are about 2,000 fishing and forest communities nationwide, but only a few offer tourism services. Read more

Cambodia maps ecotourism policy

July 7, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 7 July 2017: Cambodia’s ministries of tourism and environment will complete a national draft ecotourism policy by August to coincide with the second National Forum on the Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources.

Phnom Penh Post reported both ministries met for the first time, earlier this week, to discuss the policy, which was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to identify and promote ecotourism in the kingdom.

Ministry of Environment spokesman, Sao Sopheap, said the policy would help to diversify the kingdom’s tourism sites, contribute to conservation and boost local and national economies. Read more

Mekong delta drifts to ecotourism

April 3, 2017 by  
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CAN THO, 3 April 2017: Community-based tourism service providers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho need to be evaluated and classified by a “quality label”.

Local media reported Kangwon National University representative Prof Lee Seung-koo suggesting the  benefits of the quality check screen at a recent workshop on ecotourism held in Can Tho City.

“The city needs to evaluate the service standards and quality of community-based tourism enterprises and classify them through a  “quality label” to ensure they provide quality services and do not overcharge tourists.” Read more

Bangkok’s green lung at risk

March 6, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Leaping out from Bangkok’s vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by cycles.

But residents and campaigners fear the distinctive ecosystem and character of the city’s so-called “Green Lung” is under threat as developers lure locals with lucrative land deals.

Bang Krachao is an artificial island formed by a canal and a bend in the meandering Chao Praya river. Read more

Ecotourism focus on Koh Kong

December 23, 2016 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 23 December 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has requested Japan to conduct a feasibility study to develop a mangrove forest in Koh Kong province into an ecotourism site.

Khmer Times reported the proposal was raised in a meeting between the Japanese ambassador, Hidehisa Horinouchi and the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, last week.

Cambodia is keen to add new tourist attractions that offer soft-adventure or an ecotourism theme. Read more

Cambodia writes ecotourism law

September 9, 2016 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 9 September 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is preparing a draft law to govern ecotourism that when approved could support  environment protection.

Phnom Penh Post reported the draft law was still in the early development stages of technical discussions.

The ministry is collaborating with French University of Toulouse to develop the legislation, with additional support provided by Acting For Life, an NGO that specialises in sustainable tourism initiatives. Read more

Myanmar to expand ecotourism options

August 16, 2016 by  
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YANGON, 16 August 2016: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will open 22 regions across the country to ecotourism for both foreign and local travellers.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported some of the destinations earmarked for ecotourism development included the Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp in Yangon Region and Khakaborazi National Park, home to the highest mountains in the country and close to the northern-most frontier of the country.

Due to an increase in tourist arrivals, Myanmar needs to expand ecotourism projects, the ministry director, U Tint Thwin told the local media. Read more

Lao steers ASEAN’s ecotourism roadmap

June 8, 2016 by  
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VIENTIANE, 8 June 2016: Lao PDR government, current chair of ASEAN, will host the inaugural ASEAN Ecotourism Forum 2016, in Pakse 22 to 25 June.

The forum includes a two-day conference with an ASEAN ministerial roundtable, followed by a choice of two tours in southern Laos, one of them to Khone Pahpheng waterfall, 10 km across and the world’s widest.

The forum will address the theme, “ASEAN Without Borders: a Roadmap for Strategic Development of Ecotourism Clusters and Tourism Corridors”. Read more

Ecotourism event in Mulu

January 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 15 January 2016: The 6th World Ecotourism Conference at Mount Mulu in the heartland of Sarawak, will be hosted by Malaysia, 27 to 30 January.

Around 130 top executives involved eco-tourism from 20 countries will meet at the event’s venue, Mulu Marriott Resort, located 7,800 feet above sea-level.

The annual event attracts a global ecotourism fraternity made up of ambassadors, directors, chief executive officers, ecotourism leaders, practitioners, researchers, administrators, planners and stakeholders from the Government, private sector, academic and NGOs. Read more

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