• Uncategorized

    Myanmar: why cautious optimism?

    A number of people have asked why I concluded my last blog saying that as I left Myanmar I was “cautiously optimistic.” As I left the first reports of the ethnic disturbances in Rakhine, in the west of the country, were coming in. The government has now declared a state of emergency following clashes between Muslims and Buddhists. The politics of Myanmar are very complex and peoples’  expectations of change are high. read more The transition to democracy will be challenging to accomplish, there are many different groups with grievances, all will compete for economic resources, all seek growth. The path to democracy will be bumpy, and that can deter…

    Comments Off on Myanmar: why cautious optimism?
  • Uncategorized

    Will Myanmar use tourism or will it be used by it? Only time will tell. It depends on what individuals do …

    I am just back from Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon in Myanmar where I facilitated the workshops, and the joint public/private sector conference, which agreed a draft Myanmar Responsible Tourism Policy. The policy will now be further developed by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and go through the necessary processes to become a national policy. The development of the draft policy was funded by the German Hanns Seidel Foundation  and the Myanmar Tourism Federation.  Nicole Haeusler and Achim Munz worked with Kyi Kyi Aye and Phyoe Wai Yar Zar to run a series of ten workshops with the public and private sector. I arrived in Myanmar after this series…

    Comments Off on Will Myanmar use tourism or will it be used by it? Only time will tell. It depends on what individuals do …
  • Main Page

    A working week on responsible tourism planning in Myanmar

    Taking Responsibility for Tourism ? A working week on responsible tourism planning in Myanmar It was back in May that the democratic opposition in Myanmar announced that it welcomed Responsible Tourism and other forms of tourism based on respect. When I was asked in November whether I would be willing to travel to Myanmar to lead a week of workshops and a conference on Responsible Tourism I enthusiastically accepted. I spent last week in Myanmar arriving and departing from Yangon via Bangkok and travelling to the new capital Nay Pyi Taw, only recently opened to foreigners ,this entirely new city boasts 12 lane highways and monumental buildings, the largest Parliament…

    Comments Off on A working week on responsible tourism planning in Myanmar
  • Uncategorized

    Outlook South Asia Responsible Tourism Summit 2018

    Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 The 2017 Summit Report can be downloaded here  The South Asia Edition  ‘Staying Ahead—Vision 2020’     January 19-20, 2018 New Delhi Come help us build a sense of community, and draw strength from it, across India—and South Asia. In the third edition of our Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 & the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London, our focus will be wider. Not only will we include best practices from India, but we’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of our neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea,…

    Comments Off on Outlook South Asia Responsible Tourism Summit 2018
  • Conferences,  India

    Responsible Tourism Summit – South Asia January 2018

    Staying Ahead  Maintaining competitive advantage through Responsible Tourism sharing experience from across South Asia: Delhi 19-20 January 2018. 2018 will see the third Responsible Tourism Summit in Delhi and the prestigious Responsible Tourism Awards which are presented at the Summit. This year the Awards and the Summit are being extended to include: Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. The countries of South Asia share many of the same challenges: Overtourism Impact of climate change and tourism in the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean Reaching out to the right travellers and spreading awareness Cost of conversion to sustainability Dealing with weekday slumps, pricing and policy issues Preservation of built-heritage Encouraging neighbourhood…

    Comments Off on Responsible Tourism Summit – South Asia January 2018
LinkedIn