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Mekong countries to develop regional tourism


October 20, 2008

Mekong countries to develop regional tourism
Tourism working group of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)-Economic Cooperation has worked outa latest plan for development of tourism as part of its economic cooperation in the subregion, Myanmar’s state-owned New Light of Myanmar daily reported Sunday.

The 22nd GMS Tourism Working Group Meeting, hosted by Myanmar and held recently in Nay Pyi Taw, designated the year 2009-2010 asGMS tourism year with a GMS tourism coordination office being set up to run the tourism year activities.

Progress on the implementation of other plans of the six GMS countries was also touched upon at the meeting, attended by representatives of China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam sharing the Mekong river, the report said.

Myanmar, a member of the six-country GMS, has worked for closer economic ties together with other members of the grouping by taking part in the implementation of the GMS program.

With regard to tourism sector, Myanmar is cooperating with the GMS members in 21 tourism projects to develop the sector in the subregion. The 21 projects, which are among the 29 outlined at a tourism investment summit of the GMS held in Lao ancient city of Luang Phrabang in March 2006, covers development of tourism infrastructure, human resources development, private tourism service development and market research.

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