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Conference and workshops on Responsible Tourism in Myanmar held successfully

Deputy-Minister for Hotels and Tourism, H.E. U Htay A ung, amid the distinguished panelists

From 21st-23rd of February, the new and impressive Myanmar International Convention Centre, situated in the new myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw was the stage of the 1st International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Myanmar.

During the first two days, workshops were held with participants from the public and private sector respectively. The public sector workshop was attended by no less than 22 different ministries, all participating with a great amount of enthusiasm in discussing their individual responsibilities for making tourism in Myanmar sustainable. The private sector workshop was hosted by the Myanmar Tourism Board, that had been formed less than a year ago as a platform to merge the diverse interests of guides, hotels, agencies and tour-operators. The result was a joint declaration of intent for a more responsible tourism sector in Myanmar.

The results of the two workshops were presented at the concluding conference that was opened by H.E.U Tint Hasan, Union Minister of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT). They were also summarized in the Nay Pyi Taw Responsible Tourism Statement on Taking Responsibility for Tourism. Dr. Andrea Valentin from the Thailand based NGO Tourism Transparency and reknown Professor Harold Goodwin from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University were amongst the international keynote speakers that truly inspired the conference with their motivation and expertise for the myanmar tourism sector.

There was a consensus that Tourism cannot be continued to be managed by a single ministry, but requires a cross-ministerial body that would set specific targets and also measure the impacts. Next to this, continued support by Hanns-Seidel Foundation will be highly appreciated in order to maintain the dialogue between the public and private sector and to provide for trainings aimed at capacity building.