Ecotourism Support to Myanmar (2014-2015)

Tourism in Myanmar has boomed in recent years, with the industry generating nearly $1.8 billion in revenue in 2014 as international tourist arrivals hit the 3 million mark for the first time, nearly triple the number of arrivals in 2012. 

So far, ecotourism has been a relatively small part of Myanmar’s tourism industry, but as identified in the country’s Tourism Master Plan 2013–2020, it has considerable growth potential. And if well-planned, ecotourism will not only contribute to broader economic development, but also stimulate nature conservation and provide direct livelihood benefits to local communities. 

During 2014 and 2015, CEP supported the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MoECAF) and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) to develop an ecotourism strategy for the country

In early 2015, CEP conducted an assessment on the status of conservation and tourism issues in protected areas designated for potential ecotourism. The findings of the assessment, which covered 22 protected areas, were a major input into the new Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy (2015-2025). The strategy was launched in May 2015, with the protected assessment subsequently published as an Annex. 

CEP also provided technical advice during the strategy development through its membership of Myanmar's Working Group on Tourism and helped finance regional participation at the international launch event for the new strategy in May 2015.



File Name Size Modified
Myanmar Tourism Master Plan 2013​-2020.pdf 4 MB 13-06-2014
Brochure​-Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy.PDF 334 KB 27-01-2016

Publish Date: 13th June 2014

Last Updated: 27th January 2016

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