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Burma Tourism Research & Analysis 2017
As Myanmar recently began to open its gates to the outside worlds, tourism threw itself into the opportunity to see a land that was not only locked away for centuries, but also had a wealthy civilization and heirloom. In the next stage of expansion, there is a need for better advertising, better information gathering and equipment that offers the visitor not only sightseeing but also a convincing experience.
Included in this section is an audio-view with U Nay Aung, founder of Oway Group. In the Myanmar 2017 review. Read more sections from this review.
Myanmar's tourism policy needs to be revised
FOUR THE last years the small mountain village Thandaunggyi was the petrishale for an experimentation in the license of hotels. There are still the standard license conditions - that a real estate must have at least 20 rooms for a hotell izenz or 10 for a guest-hous.
However, an additional class has been added for B&Bs. They still have to fulfil some criterions; guest and host have to live in different houses, and each room for example has to have its own bath. It is also required that a more or less owned subsidiary of a company is a resident one.
However, the decisive distinction is that B&Bs can only have four rooms. This has allowed more than half a half-ten native homes to become tourism businesses in Thandaunggyi by turning their homes into accommodation. As proof serves piece of proof A: the rotting foundation of bungalows on a projected site on the tortuous street to Thandaunggyi.
Thandaunggyi' s wider tourism projects were not ideal - more needs to be done to increase activity in the area - but the B&Bs' proprietors seem to be satisfied with the results. As a symbol of the increasing popularity of inland tourism, the number of native visitors to the B&Bs has far surpassed that of foreign visitors.
Housing expenses are paid into the municipality and not to external investment, and visitors can benefit from the experiences of a native landlord and private homes. B&Bs have begun to boost a tourism industry - hotels, guidebooks, souvenirs that would not have been there.
In view of this, it seems preposterous that Thandaunggyi is still the only area of the land to profit from this possibility. However, in reality, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has never given much support to the B&B scheme, although it incorporated the drafts for B&B codes into the Community tourism policies in 2013.
As a result, a fistful of community-based tourism activities were started, often with the help of donors. Several of them were very succesful, among them a visit to the municipality of Myaing in the Magway area. In spite of the changes of state, the department has continued to concentrate on the promotion of large-scale tourism. It is a perfectly designed land where the visitor would travel through the land, go to the more popular places, spend the night in costly accommodation and buy as many exorbitant items as they could put in their suitcases.
However, the downside is that this shrinks - and the longer Myanmar does not react to changes in the sector, the further it will lag behind other nations in the area. This trend includes the wish to get more in touch with the locals, to be nearer to the surrounding nature and to explore new, less sophisticated travel sites.
B&B' can meet this need in a way that the hotel cannot. Yes, accommodations for overseas (and local) guests must be secure and hygienic. Looking at Myanmar's tourist arrivals statistics shows that not everything is in order in the sector. Burma continues to be an exorbitant tourist spot with a strong emphasis on (mostly Buddhist) touring.
They may not be needed in areas where there is already intense competitive pressure in the hospitality sector. However, there are many travelers in Myanmar who could profit from more choice and smaller accommodations for overseas and local people.