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Valuing instead of investing in volumes is the best strategy for Myanmar Tourism
Myanmar was able to welcome 391,000 foreign visitors in 2011, an almost 26% rise over the year before. Myanmar, which continues to concentrate on facilitating tourism through the adoption of arrivals visa, facilitating traveller constraints and newsstands that sell the country's currencies at formal foreign currencies, will be well positioned to take advantage of this tourism expansion in Asia and the Pacific - if tourism developments are properly designed and administered at country´s
Is Myanmar ready to embark on a trip to tourism of sustainability and excellence?
Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business's (MCRB) second sector-wide business case study (SWIA), which follows the SWIA on hydrocarbons, identifies a number of real and possible implications of tourism developments. Several of Myanmar's flagships such as Bagan, Inle and Kyaiktiyo are already under ecological and societal pressures from the repercussions of tourism, which are affecting the livelihood of the locals and the long-term sustainability of these places as tourist attractions.
SWIA makes policy advice to governments, business, civic groups, tourism and other interest groups to enhance the benefits and mitigate the disadvantage. Burma already has a number of governance measures in place to promote good tourism. Burma must curb the run to establish so-called hotspot areas, in which property is forcibly purchased for several properties, often in ecologically vulnerable locations.
Many of the adverse effects found are related to hospitality areas, as our research has shown on several occasions. "The evaluation also revealed that there was still insufficient involvement of municipalities in tourism decision-making. "Stakeholder involvement, consultations and involvement should be the foundation for tourism developments from the outset.
SWIA highlights the important tourism industry's capacity to create jobs and reduce livelihoods. In addition, it highlights possible dangers, using experience from the Cambodia and Thailand regions. As an example, due to phenomenon such as "orphanage tourism" and some kinds of "voluntourism", kids are susceptible to the effects of tourism.
SWIA will identify pertinent global benchmarks and policy actions on this and other topics and highlight pertinent good practice both in Myanmar and elsewhere. "From 25 years of traveling in Myanmar, I know that it has so many values, both material and immaterial. The Myanmarans have said that they give high priority to the protection of this natural and cultured rich.
Of course, it can try to rival Bali and Thailand to stimulate bulk tourism. If it does, however, it runs the risk of ruining the things that make its goals different. As an alternative, Myanmar can use tourism to protect its various crops and eco-systems. These decisions must be based on participative discussion at all levels, both locally and nationally," said Vicky Bowman.