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So, you're thinking of visiting Burma? If so, please start by reading this..... - Myanmar Forum
Many of my international guests and guests who come to my offices ask me if they should come to Burma. To explore the views of others, I ask the same questions to other international contacts and Myanmar citizens who have to do with Myanmar matters and the travel industry. There are many who share the opinion that Burma has the prospect of becoming a top touristic resort in Southeast Asia, if it is correctly established, but that it still has a long way to go.
Chaung Tha Beach Chaung Tha Beach on the Bay of Bengal was also willing to welcome visitors and had been booked many times, the newspaper praised the quiet and restful holiday there. Last December, a traveller from Europe, who often visited Burma, found that a Thai Airways to Rangoon was full.
While EU leaders are preventing their nationals from coming to Burma, there have also been holidays for foreigners from Switzerland, Germany and France. However, he warned that the travel trade is still very strongly under the control of the army and its allies. Avidly he saw cabbies, travel guidebooks and hotel owners waiting for more of them. Should Burma's travelers ever become one of its major revenue streams, the army and its pals would monopolise it, he said.
And I know that Burma's tourists bring both happiness and crying. Ever since the government started the "Visit Myanmar Year" in 1996, the streets have been broadened, the hotel buildings have been constructed and extended and some historic buildings have been restored. On Ngwe Saung Strand, a favourite holiday spot, the beachfront village residents were resettled as the government sought to develop the area.
Accommodation, streets and motorways were constructed by regime-friendly firms. Traders, one of Rangoon's top properties, was constructed by the Asia World Company, run by former drugs baron Lo Hsing-han and his own boy Steven Law. There' s no question that drugs have gone into the tourist sector.
Similarly, several ethnical traders and former military leaders who had been engaged in shadowy businesses and illegal trafficking have been investing in coach routes, transport and the building of hotel and resort facilities. However, the tourist industries in Burma are still at a deadlock. The tour operators responded with a sense of openness when Burma's neighbours were confronted with problems and catastrophes.
They only saw the advantages of spilling over visitors when Bali was under attack by a terrorist or when neighbours were struck by the 2004 tidal wave. Two years before the 1994 "Visit Myanmar" camp, some 47,230 visitors came to Burma. By 1996, the government had raised the goal to 500,000.
Burmese army chiefs have little knowledge of what visitors want to see in their state. In 2005, the oversleep hotel and tourism department relocated to the new capitol Naypyidaw, Mt. of Burma. Ironically, there's not much the department can do to attract people.
Consequently, the locals and some Rangoon travel leaders have said to me that it is not only the blacking operation that is damaging tourists, but also the government that must be partly to blame. 3. While I still think the Yangon graves, among them those of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, independent heroes Aung San and Burma's last Suphayalat, should be prime places for tourists, they are abandoned and overrun.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic head, who asked the tourist to stay away from Burma until the restoration of democratic rule, thought about the effects of it. It once told a guest militant that if its political group had been in government, the building of the Traders Hotel near the Suleagoda in central Rangoon would not have been okay.
However, such thoughts and useful suggestions on the subject of travel have fallen on deaf ears. 3. Shortly before the Burmese government started its tourist promotion in 1996, a newspaper, Dana, published an interesting report on Burma's tourist industry. There were some interesting points in the paper, among them tips on how the state should encourage ecotourism, commercial and culturism.
It called on Burma to concentrate more on developing its economy, farming and export. It is certainly a mixture of tourist activities. However, in the end, it could become one of the major revenue streams in Burma. The Burmese tourist authorities and the privat sectors should therefore be on their toes to avoid excessive growth and learning the dark side of Burma's tourist industry from the experiences of neighbouring states.
Several Burmese travel agencies I have spoken to have spoken about sustainable travel, ecotourism and top-notch travel, but also community-based travel programmes such as home trips, ethnomuseums and education programmes that deliver funds directly to the towns. Despite the increasing number of visitors to Burma in recent years, we have also seen the Burmese government continuing to detain campaigners, put pressures on the UN, deafen the UN and intensify its oppression of minority nationalities.
So, when Burmese visitors open the globe to the Burmese population, Burmese residents can open the tourist's eye to the situations in their own countries if they are interested in looking. Indeed, it usually makes no difference to the tourist whether a nation is governed by a tyrant or a politician.
Provided they are comfortable and have adequate amenities, they will be visiting every place of interest. So we see more and more visitors flocking to Laos, Vietnam, China and Singapore. Since I am not a campain militant, it is not my job to tell the tourist whether they should go or not.
However, Burma is a morally charged mine field. However, if you have any doubt about the blacking operation and want to see Burma with your own eye, you'd better buy a new one. However, when you leave, I ask you to be a visitor of these simple Myanmar citizens who also want to leave, free from the army regime.