Travelling through MyanmarMyanmar Travel
The Tatmadaw clash with ethnically based military groups, intercommunal force and the prosecution of local authorities have afflicted Myanmar since the country's 1948 independence. Horrible tales from the state of Rakhine have prevented many from traveling to Myanmar on vacation.
While acknowledging the concerns that some have, we are encouraging individuals to come to Myanmar. Safety is one of people's concerns. In spite of the conflicts in the state, the overwhelming majority of Myanmar is still secure for foreign nationals. Prior to August 2017, it was not allowed for foreign visitors to come to townships where conflicts occurred, which is still the case today.
Since guest security is a top concern, we get travel guidance for Myanmar from the British Foreign Office, other foreign ministries and the Myanmar people. Apart from security, some Myanmar want to shun the action of the country's army and governmen.
It is a private choice that the traveller must make himself. We believe, however, that a blackout is not the best way to help the countrys current challenge. Aung Aung San Suu Kyi withdrew her call for a 2010 travelling bubcott, a period when the country's economies were among the most devastated in Asia and lagging behind their neighbors in almost all economic outcomes.
Myanmar's up-and-coming tourist industries have been flourishing ever since. We' ve seen first-hand how the Myanmar community has been welcoming global travelers to their land and working with enthusiasm to establish base businesses to service these early adopters. Previously, Myanmar travelers had little option but to remain in properties that belonged to the Myanmar state or" cronies", and the constraints imposed on these travelers often resulted in the dollar they were spending flowing directly into the purse of the oppressive regimes.
Be it through family-run boarding houses, dining, guide and transport facilities, craft shops or countless other local and regional tourist attractions, the growth of Myanmar's tourist industry has helped to improve the livelihood of Myanmar's entire population. The strong decline in tourist activity hits the most those who need to buy their goods and utilities from the world.
In addition, in recent years there has been strong investment by regional travel agents and multinational aid organisations in post-conflict areas such as Kayah State, working with minority communities to improve their tourist reception capacities and create a more integrated tourist industries in general. A second, less concrete blessing has been given to Myanmar by the tourist sector.
Talking to a tour leader in Dawei, we were recently informed that the advent of international travelers not only created a new esteem for the land among the locals, but also partly realized his own traveling dreams of his own as a child - by doing so on behalf of visitors from abroad.
Talking to the Myanmar population, it is recalled that travelling internationally is a luxurious experience that the vast majority of Myanmar residents do not have. More than half a centurys after being isolated from the rest of the globe under an encircling tyranny, the abolition of the Myanmar tourist blackout in 2010 once again provided Myanmar's residents with the opportunity to make contact with local communities from other parts of the globe.
Against this background, we believe in the full benefit potentials of travel. Work with a handfull of community-based tourist industry initiatives where decisions are made by the municipalities themselves. Likewise, we are engaged in using language resources, helping with the development of businesses and working with organizations working to improve Myanmar.
In addition, through the Travelife system of sustainable tourist certifications, we have developed guidelines that provide for processes for the conservation of children, animals, the environment and material and immaterial wealth to make Myanmar not only a better place to stay, but also a better place to be.
As well as dedicated and conscientious organisers, we believe that sensible and knowledgeable travelers have the ability to influence small changes through touring. Encouraging individuals to come to Myanmar to see for themselves what small changes they can make.