This article is written by Juergen T Steinmetz on eTurbonews

It’s important for peace and sustaining development through tourism. It’s important to visit Myanmar. Is it “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 (World Tourism Organization) and according to the World Bank, “poverty has declined between 2009-2010 and 2015” World Bank – Myanmar country 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 UNDP Myanmar country information and ADB Myanmar country information.

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, Myanmar Tourism Marketing calls for tourist to continue to support Myanmar tourism.

Myanmar stretches over more than 2000 kilometers from north to south and has astonishing nature, culture, and adventure to offer for tourists. It’s also one of the most welcoming and friendly countries in the world and very, very safe to visit as long as you stay within the green areas. The green areas in the map provided by the UK Foreign Office are safe to travel and will easily keep you busy for even up to 6 weeks!

Myanmar Tourism Marketing does hope that people follow the travel advice given by the Myanmar government as well as foreign governments on where to visit safely in Myanmar and get to know the real country and its people for yourself.

Courtesy of  Juergen T Steinmetz and eTurbonews

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