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MoHT Union Minister attends opening ceremony of tourism research centre project and statistical research training

UNION Minister for Hotels and Tourism Dr Htay Aung presided over an online opening ceremony of the tourism research centre project and statistical research training yesterday. The event was also joined by the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Chen Hai, the directors-general of the ministries concerned, officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mekong-Lancang cooperation unit, the president of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, instructors of the National Management Degree College and Mandalar University, trainees, staff and invitees among others. At the ceremony, the Union minister said the establishment of the tourism research centre is one of the 21 projects, including poverty alleviation, woman empowerment, promotion of education and capability of young people from the Mekong-Lancan member countries to be implemented in Myanmar under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund (2021). Tourism is a major source of foreign income  for developing countries and one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. By conducting tourism research, it can find the facts for marketing information, new tourism products and target markets and the strategic tourism programmes. For the first phase, the statistical research training courses, including lecture and  practical sessions for 50 trainees from ministries concerned, universities and colleges and the Myanmar Tourism Federation. He then appreciated the support of China. Afterwards, the Chinese am bassador said the establishment of the tourism research centre will be a supportive measure for the sustainable development of Myanmar’s tourism industry and pledged to continue bilateral relations with Myanmar and China for tourism development. Then, the relevant officials reported on the Mekong-Lancang cooperation works, intentions of the establishment of the centre. The tourism research centre project is a one-year term from January 2022 to March 2023. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will organize workgroups for the centre, research, tourism data survey and analysis. — MNA Source From: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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