We notice that some travelers start to wonder if it’s “the right thing” to visit a country that is published in a negative way in the news. Myanmar Tourism Marketing would like to urge tourists worldwide to come and visit the country now as it is the right thing to do to support All people living in Myanmar from All ethnicities.
Tourism does contribute significantly to poverty reduction (http://step.unwto.org/content/tourism-and-poverty-alleviation-1) and according to the World Bank “poverty has declined between 2009-2010 and 2015” (http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/myanmar/overview ).
The World Bank assessment, however, signals that poverty remains substantial. According to the Asia Development Bank and UNDP over 13 million people (or 25% of the population) in Myanmar live below the national poverty line (http://www.mm.undp.org/content/myanmar/en/home/countryinfo.html) and (https://www.adb.org/countries/myanmar/poverty).
We call on people worldwide to support All people of any race, religion or ethnicity in a peaceful way and come and visit Myanmar now as this will help to reduce the poverty all around the country and help to build a peaceful and stable society in Myanmar. Postponing or canceling trips to Myanmar will hurt the people more.
Just like countries as Canada and Denmark are actively supporting people in Myanmar irrespective of ethnic, political and religious background (http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/09/13/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-speaks-state-counsellor-daw-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar and https://www.mmtimes.com/news/denmark-donates-32m-aid-myanmar.html), Myanmar Tourism Marketing calls for tourist to continue to support Myanmar tourism.
Last week, we sent out a press release that focused on the safety of all normal tourists sites in Myanmar (see also http://www.asiaone.com/business/myanmar-tourism-marketing-mtm-calls-for-continuous-support-for-all-communities-in-myanmar).
Please do feel free to share this message with your travel agents and travelers as it’s important that people realize Myanmar continues to be a very safe country to visit.
We look forward to your support and please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance.
Announcement by Myanmar Tourism Marketing