Gallery: Myanmar to be named world’s best tourist destination

Published: March 11, 2014

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NGAPALI BEACH, MYANMAR - NOVEMBER 28: Tourists sun themselves along the quiet beach November 28, 2012 on Ngapali beach, Myanmar. Myanmar possesses great tourist potential and the country's tourism industry is developing fast. Ngapali beach, along the Andaman Sea, is considered the top beach resort with much of the surrounding area still remaining to be developed. Investment opportunities are growing every day as real estate prices increase with investor demand. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 139204887

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Yangon – Myanmar will be presented the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade soon, media reported Sunday.

The award is aimed at boosting Myanmar’s tourism industry and promoting tourist attractions in the country which is famed for its unique cultural heritage not only in Asia but also in the world, Xinhua reported citing New Light.

The award is presented based on ethics for tourism industry, safety of tourists and preservation of cultural heritages designated by the UN Tourism Division, Unesco and the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.

The World’s Best Tourist Destination Award, introduced in 2007, is one of the highest accolades in the travel and tourism industry in the world.

Additionally, in the wake of dramatic increase in tourist arrivals, Myanmar plans to introduce travel insurance services. However, the number of applicants is still low.

To enhance development of its tourism industry, Myanmar opened four entry and exit points on the Myanmar-Thai border in August last year.

Meanwhile, visa-on-arrival facility for visitors from 48 countries and regions has also been offered to facilitate their travel to the country.

In 2013, Myanmar attracted over two million tourists, of whom 1.14 million entered through border gates and 885,476 through airports.

IANS 2014-03-09 16:06:05

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