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CPPCC Members Discussing China-Myanmar Cross-Border Travel
Update:2015-10-03       

  It is learnt that China-Myanmar cross-border travel, once listed as one of the five tourism products of Yunnan, and serving as an important industry for local prosperity and a bridge connecting China-Myanmar friendship as well as economic development, was started in Dehong in 1989 and turned into a famous tourism brand after several years’ development. However, the easy pass policy was suspended in 2005 according to demands from relevant governmental departments, which greatly impacted the opening up and economic development of Dehong, particularly the development of tourism industry. With efforts from all government organs of Dehong, the cross-border travel was approved by national department on October 30, 2013 and was officially put into operation on December 16, 2013.

  Rao Wenyun, a member of the CPPCC, suggested that although the cross-border travel was restarted, the insufficient national-level communication between China and Myanmar made the travel lack of corresponding supports from Myanmar, which will greatly impact the in-depth development of cross-border travel, the forging of tourism brand, the opening-up and development of tourism-culture industry, and the upgrading of tourism industry.

  Rao Wenyun hoped that the development of border travel can be listed as a key part of the development of Ruili Experimental Zone. Additionally, a specialized organ made up of members responsible for foreign affairs, public security, tourism, etc. should be set up to enhance communication, coordination, and negotiation with Myanmar, in a bid to gain more supports from Myanmar and lay sound foundation for the opening of the other China-Myanmar travel routes.

  Shang Chaoxian, another CPPCC member, suggested that getting to Myanmar through Ruili the safest route. Therefore, official departments at all levels should strengthen publicizing about the travel from Ruili to Myanmar from various aspects such as policy, safety, scenic spots and so on.