Boost fore­seen in MDY tourist boats

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

EX­PECT­ING a con­tin­ued in­flux of tourists, the For­eign­ers River Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion will in­crease the num­ber of ves­sels li­censed to carry for­eign vis­i­tors for the com­ing “high sea­son”, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s chair­per­son U Thet Tun has told The Myan­mar Times.

“Last year, our trans­porta­tion ser­vice for for­eign tourists was made up of 25 ves­sels. For the com­ing tourist sea­son there will be 42 ves­sels,” he said.

“Only ves­sels which ad­here to our reg­u­la­tions will be able to con­duct the trans­porta­tion ser­vice – there must be life jack­ets and life rings aboard, and cap­tains must fol­low the law in­clud­ing lim­its on the num­ber of pas­sen­gers,” he added.

Valid busi­ness and ves­sel li­censes along with ev­i­dence of skilled work­ers are re­quired in or­der for an op­er­a­tor to be­come a mem­ber of the For­eign­ers River Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to U Thet Tun, the main route that the as­so­ci­a­tion will run will be be­tween Man­dalay and the nearby Min­gun tem­ples. Other des­ti­na­tions in­clude Monywa, Ba­gan, Pyay, Ba­maw and Kyauk Myaung.

For the 11-kilometre (6.8-mile) Man­dalay-Min­gun route, the price of trans­porta­tion will vary be­tween K38,000 and K80,000.

“The cost will de­pend on the size of the ves­sel and the num­ber of peo­ple in the tourist group. All fares must be paid in Myan­mar Kyat,” said U Thet Tun.

Ac­cord­ing to the records of the For­eign­ers River Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, across the past year vis­i­tors from France, Ger­many, Spain, Italy, Thai­land and many other coun­tries had vis­ited Man­dalay.

U Thet Tun said that he ex­pects the num­ber of for­eign tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion to in­crease in the fu­ture.

“Now, be­tween 600 and 700 tourists visit each day. Soon it will be more than 1000,” he said.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

For­eign tourists dock at Man­dalay’s Mayan­chan jetty upon re­turn from Min­gun on Oc­to­ber 31.

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