UMTA Gripes Over Lack of Signposts

Foreign tourists visiting Myanmar, whose number has increased significantly the last few years, are experiencing inconveniences due to a lack of noticeable guiding signposts, according to the Union of Myanmar Tourism Association (UMTA).

“Foreign tourists don’t have any problem travelling in the big cities and well-frequented places but if they go to the countryside, not many places have clear signposts written in English,” Dr Aung Myat Kyaw, central executive committee member of the Union of Myanmar Tourism Association (UMTA), told Myanmar Business Today.

“There’s no signpost even in Myanmar language in some places.”

Some tourists travel in groups and with guides but others travel on their own so noticeable signs with clear directions in English need to be put up, he added.

“The area around our village doesn’t have any signposts. The pagoda trustees have placed some signposts in Myanmar language for the pagoda but I don’t see any other direction signs placed by the Chaung Thar Hotel Zone,” said U Tay Zar Aung, head of village administration office at Chanung Thar village, located at the famous beach with the same name in Ayeyarwaddy region.

Over 500,000 tourists entered Myanmar in the first five months of this year, according to the statistics of UMTA.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan, Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda), Inle Lake and Mandalay are the most famous destinations for foreign tourists.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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