Myanmar to get tourism accolade
The nation of Myanmar will be named the World’s Best Tourist Destination 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade, it was reported yesterday (March 9th).
This is according to the New Light of Myanmar, a daily newspaper based within the country, which claimed its unique heritage and increased efforts to cater to tourists had helped it to secure the accolade.
Preservation of historical places of interest, an ethical approach to tourism and efforts made to increase safety for international visitors are all factors that play a role in the council’s decision to present the World’s Best Tourist Destination award.
Ease of access is also considered essential, with Myanmar’s government opening four new entry and exit points along the Thai border in the August of last year. A visa-on-arrival facility has been set up for 48 countries and regions to facilitate travel.
The European Union Council on Tourism and Trade collaborates with UNESCO and the UN Tourist Division for the award, which was set up in 2007 in order to promote travel and tourist attractions in countries outside of the EU.
Myanmar welcomed more than two million tourists in 2013, of whom 1.4 million entered through border gates and 885,476 through airports.
The government is said to be contemplating a number of implementations that will help the country accommodate an additional rush of tourists next year, sparked by the award.
Myanmar boasts a number of excellent attractions that should appear on any traveller’s must-see list, including its capital Yangon, the beautiful Ayeyarwady River and the countryside of Bagan which houses a huge amount of ancient architecture.
Also worth visiting are the Golden Rock or Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, the old city of Mrauk U and the beautiful coastline of Ngwe Saung beach.