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Tourist Transparency is a small non-profit organization focused on research into the impact of Myanmar's tourist industry and promoting sustainable tourist growth. Dr. Valentin explains: Our aim is to see who profits from the tourist industry and who does not.
Co-operating with members of the Myanmar public authorities, the non-governmental organisations and the state. We are working with the Myanmar authorities on a Dos and Don'ts for Tourists caricature, and our current research is focused on safety and travel, community-based travel (CBT) and the new Myanmar tourist bill.
In our conversation with Dr. Valentin, our aim was to gain an insight into the complexity of whether it is ethically justifiable to go to a country with atrocities. First we asked Dr. Valentin about the advantages Myanmar has gained from travel. It underlined the value of Myanmar's tourist industry from an economical point of view, but also the important part it can take in empowering Myanmar to connect with the world:
Now, it is not just about creating job and occupation through it. It' possible to go to Myanmar and help small families, but it's not that simple. We are still at the beginning of a sustainable tourist industry in Myanmar. However, a trip to a particular state does not mean tolerating these actions.
In the end, Dr. Valentin thinks the response is yes - as long as you make sure you contribute to sustainable travel and follow the dos and don'ts of Tourist Transparency for the tourist. They believe that Myanmar is benefiting from sustainable development in the country's tourist sector and highlight the particular need for tourist response to the Rohingya crisis:
"The number of tourists is currently declining not only because of the Rohingya crises, but also because of the low price-performance ratio (compared to Thailand), the missing infrastructures and the high costs. Burma is currently a relatively "pristine" tourist resort dealing with the twenty-first century. It is still not simple to move and it is not simple for the local people to profit from the tourist industry, but it all gets better.
Much of the land is very secure for visitors. It will profit from sustainable touring. "Most of the land is very secure for visitors. It will profit from sustainable touring. One of the keys to this is to support sustainable travel. Tourist-transparency has created a brochure listing 30 doses and don'ts for Myanmar tourist.
Tourist-transparency also offers a database of tourist companies where you can browse and find out about their companies that have been the cause of controversies in the past. When you are in Myanmar, we suggest that you contact Tourist Transparency for extra guidance and to do everything possible to help your neighborhood.
Dr. Valentin says Myanmar's tourist industry can give us a lot of promise, but only if the local people benefit: it is seen as a promising area. From Kachin to Tanintharyi, all the areas where I have worked, the tourist industry is seen as promising, but only if the ground is broken and the local people profit from it.
It has traveled a lot to work with grass-roots organizations and tourist operators.