Tourism of Burma

Burma Tourism

A lot of tourists now want to visit Burma, not least because of recent political developments. Myanmar's tourism industry has developed into one of the fastest growing in the country. According to reports, a tourist was thrown out of Myanmar after local monks injured themselves on an exposed tattoo of Buddha on his leg. Burma is a country of contradictions for tourists. There are many tourist attractions and therefore an amazing travel potential.

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A lot of visitors now want to come to Burma, not least because of recent policy changes. We saw a recast of the Myanmar administration and the liberation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2010. We have since experienced many incidents that have a number of effects on the tourist industry.

All of a sudden there is a lot more tourist interest. However, the issue is the huge need for local infrastructures, as the capacity is inadequate for all visitors who want to be there. Burma, the second biggest South East Asian state ( "after Indonesia") is bordered by India, China, Thailand, Bangladesh and Laos.

Celebrated once as Asia's paddy dish, Burma is now one of the worlds impoverished states. In the United Nations Human Development Index 2010 it is ranked 132nd out of 179 states. Together with Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, Burma is one of the most corruption-stricken nations in the hemisphere, according to Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perception Ranking.

Myanmar as a troubled state is facing serious recession, indigenous livelihoods and serious public and private sickness. Because of Burma's cruel track record in terms of respect for mankind, continuing unstable politics and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's call to be boycotted as a travel target for 15 years, relatively few visitors have been there.

In 2010 Burma welcomed 791,000 visitors. Laos, a small Southeast Asian region, welcomed 2.5 million visitors in the same time frame, and Thailand attracted nearly 16 million in 2010. Burma's tourist attractions are obvious. See ASEAN tourist statistic in the appendix below. To the Myanmar authorities, it is one of the most important industries in which the state has enormous economic opportunities and competitive advantages.

Myanmar's authorities are likely to make significant promises to promote the tourist industry in the near term by including the tourist industry in their NDP. If this kind of progression is sustained and will benefit the rich and the broke. In the proposal of the tourist politics it says:

"Governments and tourist operators must make sure that the tourist sector brings financial advantages to the locals and improve the well-being of the hosting municipalities, working environment and industrialisation. Clear orientation for further tourist developments should be incorporated into the state' s domestic policy".

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