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Title: "Lonely Planet": Myanmar
Date of publication: 07 September 2009
Description/subject: # When to go # Sights # Money & Costs # Getting there & around # History ..."Travelling to Myanmar presents an ethical decision - Should you go? Check the warning below or go to our responsible travel section..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Lonely Planet
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma/travel-tips-and-articles/76954
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
Description/subject: Substantial, upgraded site.... About Myanmar| About Us| Destination| Eco-Tourism| Festival| Tourist Map| Services| Tour Itinerary| Embassy| Useful Link| Article| Publication| Latest News| Tourist Complaint| Photo Gallery| DOs & DON'Ts| Star Ranking Hotels....."The legendary "Golden Land" - this is still the Myanmar of today. Certainly one of the most exotic countries in the world-aland of astounding beauty and charm that moved Kipling to pen these apt words: "quite unlike any land you will ever know". Paradise... Myanmar is a paradise to discover, a destination for discerning travellers to explore and experience the mystical charms of the East in all its diversity - rich archaeological sites, glittering pagodas, a wealth of cultures, colourful festivals and arts. Myanmar is also blessed with an awe-inspiring range of natural sights - idyllic land- scape, lush fertile plains, vast virgin jungles, majestic snowcapped mountains, pristine beaches washed by crystal clear waters, fragrant pine trees and sunflowers bathed in abundant sunshine. But most of all, perfectly complemented by a most gracious and hospitable people...."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 August 2010


Title: Myanmar Mission Geneva, Tourism page
Description/subject: Tourist attractions, information and articles
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Mission, Geneva,
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 April 2008


Title: Today in Myanmar - Myanmar Life, Culture, Custom, Travel, Information
Description/subject: * Myanmar History * Hotels & Accommodation * Travel Advice * Myanmar Life * Travel stories * Culture & Custom * Information * Myanmar News * Places in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Today in Myanmar
Format/size: html, Wordpress
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2010


Individual Documents

Title: Myanmar Tourism Master Plan 2013 - 2020
Date of publication: June 2013
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "As a result of sweeping political and economic reforms, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is enjoying unprecedented tourism growth. Between 2011 and 2012, visitor arrivals increased by 29.7% and, for the first time in its history, Myanmar received over 1 million international visitors. Other key drivers of growth include the rapid expansion of scheduled inbound flights, eased tourist visa-on-arrival privileges at gateway airports, improving business and investment conditions, and the growing demand for international travel among regional and long-haul markets. Although Myanmar possesses diverse and extensive cultural, natural, and historic assets, it has only begun to develop its enormous tourism potential. Due to the income- and employment-generating opportunities it creates, tourism is a global industry with special economic significance to developing countries. Consequently, the Government of Myanmar (GOM) has prioritized tourism development in its Framework for Economic and Social Reforms. To help ensure that tourism growth delivers broad and equitable social, economic, and environmental benefits, GOM adopted the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Policy in 2012. The policy is also endorsed by the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF), and is highly acclaimed by both civil society and development partners. The vision for tourism in Myanmar, as set out in the Responsible Tourism Policy is “we intend to use tourism to make Myanmar a better place to live in—to provide more employment and greater business opportunities for all our people, to contribute to the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage and to share with us our rich cultural diversity. We warmly welcome those who appreciate and enjoy our heritage, our way of life, and who travel with respect.” In this context, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT)—the agency mandated by GOM to oversee the systematic development of tourism—prepared the Myanmar Tourism Master Plan (the Master Plan). The Master Plan adopts this vision for tourism in Myanmar and the nine aims of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Policy as its guiding principles. It sets out strategic programs, priority projects, and activities in a long-term implementation framework covering 2013–2020 and a short-term action plan for 2013–2015. The goal of the Master Plan is to maximize tourism’s contribution to national employment and income generation, and ensure that the social and economic benefits of tourism are distributed equitably. Key objectives for each strategic program are listed below."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, The R epublic of the Union of Myanma
Format/size: pdf (2.9MB-reduced version; 4.32-0rigtinal)
Alternate URLs: http://www.harrison-institute.org/Myanmar%20Tourism%20Master%20Plan%202013-2020.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 October 2013


Title: Myanmar Travel Directory (2010-2011)
Date of publication: March 2010
Description/subject: 148 illustrated pages of tourist destinations and activities in Myanmar.....1 Introduction: "Myanmar Travel Directory is a collective effort of Union of Myanmar Travel Association in bringing out current information on touring and traveling at Myanmar. Directory has a complete list of UMTA members by their respective website addresses, from where information on detailed tour programs, highlights of tour sites and tour services could be found. People of Myanmar has fine and sound cultures in traditional ways, of which natural hospitality is one. UMTA members regard that it is their responsibility to support and raise such cultures. Green forests, treasured natural resources, coastal beaches, traditional habitats of each ethnic group are among rich inheritances to which we are obligated to treat responsibly. Golden land, Myanmar is situated between Holy Ganges of Indian sub-continent and Great Mekong of Indo-China, 582 miles (936 km) at its widest breadth. From Himalaya to Andaman Sea, River Ayeyarwady flows for 1,500 miles of her whole entirety on the land, enabling civilizations to flourish. At midway of her passage Central Yoma Range breaks briefly for the river to shift slightly toward West and merged with River Chindwin. Chindwin itself has its source at Himalaya and flows parallel and between River Brahmaputra of India and Ayeyarwady. By the seawards, Rakhine Coast, Ayeyarwady Delta and Tanintharyi Coast, in total of 1385 miles coastal line rim on Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Martaban and Andaman Sea. Natural and cultural splendors of land thrive on monsoon rain and great rivers of the land. Favourable climate and geography support wide variety of flora and fauna to grow in the form of dense rain forests. Civilizations then follow. In the year 2001, a team of anthropologists found fossilized remains of primates from 49 to 33 million years’ time at Pondaung, Central Myanmar. There are evidences of 20,000 year old Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures in wall paintings of Padalin Cave, near Myittha. By the archeological evidences Mon established civilizations in Ayeyarwady Delta and Tanintharyi Coast around 250 BC, their first kingdom Suwarnabhumi was founded around the port of Thaton. By the 2nd century AD towards 9th century, city kingdoms of Beikthano, Mongmao, Sriksetra, and Hanlingyi were founded by Pyu tribes in central Myanmar. And lineage of Rakhine kingdom was established in 4th century AD which traced back to 5th century BC. Bagan was founded during 845~850 AD, but only at 1044 AD King Anawrahta unified the city states into nationhood which stretched about the size of present day Myanmar. During the reign of King Anawrahta, Theravada Buddhism has taken root amidst different practices of Buddhism and animism. Theravada Buddhism has ever been in the psyche of populace that the faith never diminishes even by conflicts or wars. Cultures of the land as defined and shaped by ever changing situations always has this faith embedded. Bagan Empire lasted until early 14th. century to be disintegrated into city states again. Nationstates were reestablished successively each time, Hantharwady Empire was founded by Bayintnaung (1552~1581), and Alaungpaya (1752~1760) reunited the nation as Konbaung Kingdom. In 1886 British colonial power annexed the whole country after three wars. Independent is gained on 4th January, 1948, as the result of continuous political movements against British rule, where the crucial movement being historic Pinlone Treaty which was signed on 12 February 1947. Presently the country is still in developing stage, and tourism industry is also among the rest of sectors in gaining momentum. Private sector investments, Foreign Direct Investments and Joint Ventures are allowed in the industry. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism undertakes to give regulatory guidance in the industry, and to generate tourism growth. Professionalism and good business practices are essential values of UMTA members and we believe that Association is one unitive body to promote the industry."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA)
Format/size: pdf (7.8MB - OBL version; 10.7MB - original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.umtanet.org/UMTA.pdf
http://umtanet.org/
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2010


Title: Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
Description/subject: Mainly photos: Myanmar Map In Detail... Tourist Centres Zone... Main National Races... Cultural Attractions... Eco - Tourism Sites... Beaches... Myeik Archipelagos... Festivals... Flora & Fauna... Fruits & Flowers... Soft Adventures... Trekking And Mountaineering... All Photos... Bridges... PrizeWinning Photos 2003... Photo Contest 2004... PrizeWinning Photos.
Language: English
Source/publisher: SPDC
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 April 2008


Title: Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board
Description/subject: "Mystical Myanmar" ... solid site, with substantial links
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 April 2008