Myanmar’s government announced that it is partnering with the government of Norway and the Asian Development Bank to implement a tourism infrastructure plan valued at about US$500 million.
The plan includes 38 development projects, including expanding international air arrivals in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, undertaking improvements to the Bagan river pier to support more cruises, and building feeder roads in destinations like Ngapali beach and Inle Lake.
The master plan suggests establishing a Tourism Executive Coordination Board, chaired at the vice-president level, to draw the various tourism-related ministries, agencies, and federations together under a single umbrella. The plan also outlines the need for new tourist police divisions.
“The Myanmar Tourism Master Plan provides a leading tool for the Government of Myanmar to develop the sector in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. The implementation of the plan will demand strong government leadership and coordination among a wide range of government agencies and state and regional governments,” said the Norwegian ambassador to Myanmar, Katja Nordgaard.