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Reception at the motel. Visits to Tagaing, Kaung Mu Daw pit and Tagaing Hill (the center of meditation). Sundown at Sagain Hill. Reception at the motel. Transfers to the pier to go to Mingun. Mingun Paya & Hsibyume Paya. Reception at the motel. The Phaungdaw Oo is the most popular of the Shan State.
Leaping cat monastery and swimming pools, indigenous fisheries, rural living and renowned oarsmen. Reception at the motel.
Xinhua: Myanmar seeks to encourage the development of new transport and tourist destination - Xinhua
YANGON, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Department of Hotel and Tourism aims to encourage the development of new forms of sustainable and sustainable forms of travel. Approximately 1,628 guesthouses and hostels with 65,470 rooms were approved by the government as of March 31, 2018, the Global New Light of Myanmar announced on Tuesday.
By December 2017, the Department had also issued over 2,676 tourist offices with 4,503 tourist guides licences, 3,449 local licences and 2,564 transportation licences. It is also committed to promoting ecotourism, culture tours and community-based holidays (CBT) in resource-rich areas, such as historic countryside, streams, lakes, shores, island and forrest.
Myanmar is usually visited by overseas visitors via three major ports, frontier crossings and luxurious ocean-going carters. Mandalay, Yangon, Bagan, Inle, Kayin and Mon State, Myeik Archeology, Chin Hills and shores like Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung are renowned for their sights. Currently, the Department has created ecotourism websites and community-based travel (CBT) commercials, among them Thandaunggyi in Kayin State, Pa-O community-involved tourism in Shan State, the Kayah Cultural Communities Tour, CBT with Ayeyarwady Riverside Dolfins, the Phoe Kyar Elefantencamp, Popa Mountain National Park, Indawgyi Wildlife sanctuary and others.
Myanmar's challenging journey to sustainable and quality tourism
Several of Myanmar's flagships such as Bagan, Inle and Kyaiktiyo are already under ecological and societal pressures from the impacts of travel, which are affecting the livelihood of the communities and the long-term sustainability of these places as tourist attractions. Together with its partners Myanmar, the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Danish Institute for Human Rights has released a sector-wide tourist footprint analysis (SWIA).
Built on comprehensive research in six travel locations, the study emphasizes some of the benefits and drawbacks that developing the countryside can have. SWIA makes policy advice to governments, tour operators, civic groups, consumers and other interest groups to enhance the benefits and mitigate the disadvantage.
Myanmar has already taken a number of governance measures to promote good governance in the area. One example is the emergence of so-called "hotel zones", in which properties for several properties, often in ecologically sensible locations, are forcibly purchased. Research has shown that many of the adverse effects found are associated with resort areas.
As the state master plan for sustainable travel and travel shows, participative destinations and " zone design " are necessary. It was also found that there is still insufficient community input into decision-making on tourist developments. Stakeholder engagement, consultations and participations should provide the foundation for tourist developments from the outset.
It is particularly important in areas with minorities and after conflicts where tourist companies should take the opportunity to gain an understanding of the conflicts and community dynamism and how the locals want to open the tourist resort to the tourist and share the advantages. SWIA emphasises the important role played by the tourist industry in creating jobs and combating extreme levels of poor.
In addition, it points to possible dangers, using experience from the Cambodia and Thailand regions. As an example, due to phenomenon such as "orphanage tourism" and some kinds of "volunteer tourism", kids are susceptible to the effects of it. A large inflow of visitors can also have a negative effect on Myanmar's material and immaterial legacy if tourist companies organise or construct improper tourist activity in a way that harms the legacy, which includes the country's inheritance.
SWIA will identify pertinent global benchmarks and policy actions on this and other topics and highlight pertinent good practice both in Myanmar and elsewhere. Myanmar's travel industry is at an important point. The figures are rising, although the number of three million in 2014, compared to two million in 2013, may not represent true travelers and may involve daily travelers, businessmen, returning Burmese and others arriving on a touristic visas, in excess of the true travelers who spend more than 24 hrs in the state.
Myanmar's facilities and community are ill-prepared to accommodate a large number of overseas visitors or to expand local tourist activities. Instead of focusing primarily on figures, all those with an interest in the sustained growth of the tourist industry should think about the teachings from other parts of Asia.
Myanmar still has opportunities to be developed as a tourist attraction for a smaller number of people looking for an adventure that makes Myanmar unique. Making Myanmar's ecology and cultural heritage negatively affected by a wholesale marketing campaign could destroy the geese that lay the gold egg shortly after Myanmar's trip to eco-labour.
She is a human rights and development consultant at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and co-author of the Sector Wide Impact Assessments (SWIA) on Myanmar's tourist industry.