Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Do's and don'ts of Myanmar tourism launched

Cartoon book offers helpful advice for tourists visiting newly-opened destination

A tourism consultancy specialized in Myanmar has produced a helpful guide for tourists explaining what to do and why in the country.

Says Tourism Transparency: "Local tourism companies now have the opportunity to sponsor the Dos and Don'ts initiative while pledging their support for responsible tourism in Myanmar. Tourism Transparency is working actively with the sponsors through capacity building, awareness raising and continued dialogue to support them on the road to responsible tourism."

 "The Dos and Don'ts for Tourists" project was funded and supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and executed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MoHT) and the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF)."

"More than 350 tourism stakeholders were interviewed in five different tourism destinations in Myanmar from public and private sector as well as civil society groups. "

"The research results were discussed and approved by representatives of 17 Ministries in Naypyitaw. The engagement of local cartoon artists make this initiative unique in that it has raised a lot of interest since its official launch in October 2012 not only from tourists and the tourism sector in Myanmar but also in other ASEAN countries."

Over the past two years, Tourism Transparency has conducted a number of responsible tourism capacity building initiatives in Myanmar, starting with community-based tourism seminars in 2011, lobbying the government for the establishment of a more inclusive responsible tourism forum and later attending the first ever responsible tourism conference in Naypyitaw in February 2012.

Its contribution focused on pro-poor tourism and equitable benefit sharing. Tourism Transparency implemented the first action point of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Policy, which was drafted after the conference. Under the ninth aim, 'minimising unethical practices', they are currently co-ordinating the Myanmar Do's and Don'ts for Tourists project.

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