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7 February 2017
3 community based tourism projects awarded at ATF
YANGON, 7 February 2017. Visiting Myanmar is all about getting to know the people as their unrivalled friendliness and hospitality makes any visit to Myanmar so special. Several private companies, NGO’s, and individuals have set-up initiatives around the country to enable tourists to meet local people and get to know their culture and ways of life in a sustainable, experiential way, ensuring that communities benefit from the visit while providing a fascinating insight into local life for the visiting tourists.
The 36th annual ATF conference in Singapore, which seeks to promote the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as a single multi-faceted tourist destination, concluded on 20 January with the ‘ASEAN Homestay and Community-Based Award (CBT)’ ceremony. A community based project in the Pa O region near Inle Lake, a project in Kayah state as well as a communtiy based tourism Project in Myaing near Bagan won awards.
The awards were received in the presence of representatives of key project counterparts the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT), Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) and Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM).
Lee Sheridan, General Manager from Journeys Adventure Travel worked together with the NGO ActionAid and 4 villages to set up a community lodge and activities to host small groups in a village near Bagan. After completing its first year of operation, the feedback from clients as well as the community is very positive. He said: “To date the project has exceeded expectations which is in large part due to the hard work of the communities, ActionAid Myanmar and Intrepid Travel who have sent over 1,000 guests so far. To receive this award from the ATF is a great encouragement to continue our work and to hopefully encourage other private companies to follow in our footsteps.”
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