MoHT discusses COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan

Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung presided over the videoconferencing meeting for the performance of the ministry regarding its completed works and future functions for COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan under the COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) of government yesterday morning. The MoHT has adopted the Myanmar Tourism Relief Plan to provide the development of Myanmar tourism industry in the outbreak of COVID-19 and in post-COVID-19 period.

Deputy Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Tin Latt, Director-General for the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism U Maung Maung Kyaw, ministry officials, chairpersons and executive members of Myanmar Tourism and its 11 associate members joined the meeting. During the meeting, Union Minister U Ohn Maung explained the tourism relief plans of his ministry in detail which was carried out within a fixed duration in COVID-19 period including future working plans. He also urged the attendees to give suggestions for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan.

He also added that the infection rate of COVID-19 is now increasing significantly as second wave and the domestic and foreign travels are suspended and it seriously affects the hotel and tourism businesses. As an appendix of CERP, the ministry implemented the road map for COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan which included 3 strategic keys to help rebuild Myanmar’s tourism during the outbreak of COVID-19 and in post-COVID-19 period.

Moreover, the ministry also conducted COVID-19 Impact Assessment Survey to draft Myanmar Tourism Strategic Recovery Roadmap (2015-2025) to have better Myanmar tourism industry in post-COVID-19 period by cooperating with the international organization called LuxDev.

The ministry will also consider the condition of New Normal Situation that might be faced when the COVID-19 hit businesses resume their operations and will put the main facts in the action plans for the future development of tourism sector.
It will continuously provide to implement the new market and tourism marketing strategies, to conduct training courses and to offer scholarship programmes for the staff for human resources development. It will conduct healthcare trainings in line with the SOP (Standard Operation Procedure) for New Normal and provide the training schools of hotels and tourism. The Union Minister also called on the chairpersons and officials of Myanmar Tourism Federation and its 11 associate members who attended the meeting to give suggestions on how to resist the second wave of COVID-19 based on their experiences. Then, Deputy Minister U Tin Latt and Director-General U Maung Maung Kyaw presented the facts in COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan while Deputy Director-General U Aung Aye Han briefed the completed works and future action plans.

The officials of Myanmar Tourism Federation and its 11 associate members respectively explained their implementations based on COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan and the Union Minister instructed the necessary things.

MNA

(Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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