The First China-Myanmar Forum on Tourism Cooperation a Success in Naypyidaw
On March 1, Naypyidaw convened the First China-Myanmar Forum on Tourism Cooperation under the theme of “Tourism Cooperation - New Momentum for China-Myanmar Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”. The forum was co-organized by CNTA, Myanmar's Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Chinese embassy in Myanmar and the Yunnan provincial people’s government. It’s attended and addressed by CNTA vice chairman Du Jiang, Myanmar's Minister of Hotels and Tourism Ohn Maung, Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang, vice governor of Yunnan Chen Shun, and mayor of Naypyidaw Myo Aung.
Du Jiang began his remarks by congratulating on the opening of the forum on behalf of CNTA and its chairman Li Jinzao. He said, “The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi has been warmly received by the international community. Myanmar is a major country in South Asia covered by the Belt and Road Initiative. China and Myanmar are adjoining neighbors, enjoy close people-to-people exchange and contacts and maintain a sound momentum for tourism cooperation. In recent years, mutual visits between the two have been growing rapidly in numbers and China has become Myanmar's second biggest source of inbound tourists. This forum was the first China-Myanmar tourism forum within the framework of China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation Year, and also the first themed forum between China and countries located along the Lancang-Mekong River in recent years. It's expected to reach consensus, expand cooperation areas and generate more fruits for China-Myanmar tourism cooperation. As to how to strengthen win-win cooperation, Du suggested: 1. constructing a pragmatic, efficient tourism cooperation mechanism in favor of bilateral relations; 2. advancing tiered tourism cooperation in the service of tourists; 3. serving enterprises and pushing ahead cooperation in major projects.
Ohn Maung agreed that the forum would promote bilateral tourism cooperation, including border tourism, and tighten bilateral relations. China boasts one of the most advanced tourism economies in the world. Tourism is playing an increasing role in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs and improving people’s livelihood. Myanmar would like to share experience and work closely with China regarding tourist transport, tourism investment, infrastructure construction and human resources training, etc.
Hong Liang said, “The forum shows the practical side and the depth of tourism cooperation between the two countries and will enrich the contents of their bilateral relations.” He hoped that Myanmar would reduce limits on foreign capital, protect the rights and interests of Chinese investors, simplify the visa policy for tourists, strengthen interconnectivity with China and create a more convenient, safer environment for Chinese visitors.
Then Myo Aung and Chen Shun spoke on behalf of Naypyidaw and Yunnan, respectively, both expressing the desire to strengthen tourism cooperation at the local level.
Following the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, thematic discussions and round table meetings were given and held to exchange views about how to expand the two sides’ personnel exchanges, tourism investment, and further facilitate the growth of market, and other topics. The Naypyidaw Travel Proposal was then released.
The above activities gathered over 400 delegates from the CNTA, the provincial government of Yunnan, local tourism administrations and tourism companies in China as well as their counterparts in Myanmar.