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Articles tagged “myanmar”

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

With borders shut and hotels closed during the coronavirus pandemic, this could be the moment for remote training — and virtual reality’s role — in hospitality to shine and take off.

3 days ago

Battered Asia Travel Sector Exits High Season to Regroup for Eventual Recovery

Battered Asia Travel Sector Exits High Season to Regroup for Eventual Recovery

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

It’s likely to get worse before it gets better for the Asian tourism industry. But forward-thinking players will know to take advantage of the current downtime to meet the pent-up demand for travel once recovery comes — which may not be far off.

1 month ago

Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams , Skift

This week in tourism news, after decades of isolation, Myanmar finally opened up to tourists, only to scare them off as it perpetrated genocide against its Rohingya minority. Today, Myanmar has real potential to become a thriving destination again, but only if it can overcome its tendency to enflame ethnic tension. Plus, cruise lines are investing in new experiences on private islands.

1 month ago

Does Myanmar Tourism Deserve Another Chance?

Does Myanmar Tourism Deserve Another Chance?

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Rather than boycotting travel to Myanmar entirely, a more responsible form of tourism would be to avoid unethical establishments while supporting good practices on the ground.

2 months ago

Myanmar Tourism Gets a Second Chance: Is It Ready for It?

Myanmar Tourism Gets a Second Chance: Is It Ready for It?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Ethical tourism made Myanmar a lost tourism frontier in Southeast Asia. But people are forgetting the genocide, giving the destination another crack.

2 months ago

Myanmar Tourism Strained by Stigma of Genocide Charge

Myanmar Tourism Strained by Stigma of Genocide Charge

Khine Lin Kyaw, Bloomberg

We've said it before, we'll say it again. Tourists are not apolitical. Politics and tourism do mix. Myanmar shouldn't be surprised at all that it is getting fewer tourists from Europe and no real increase in American visitors.

4 months ago

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

ASTA’s new Myanmar chapter and planned partnership with Myanmar tourism will give travel advisors new opportunities to learn about an emerging destination. However, it also raises ethical concerns about supporting a country that engages in ethnic cleansing.

1 year ago

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It was mostly business as usual for Myanmar tourism at the Pacific Asia Travel Association's 2018 travel mart. With visitation to Myanmar declining from Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Myanmar is going after Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tourists. But so is almost everyone else.

2 years ago

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Words as a means to define problems and trigger solutions are important. The label overtourism crystalizes a problem and serves as a call to action. We'd agree that a lack of capacity management is a big part of the problem, but the latter characterization hardly spurs the urgency the issue requires.

2 years ago

Myanmar Tourism Bouncing Back Despite Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar Tourism Bouncing Back Despite Rohingya Crisis

Kyaw Thu, Bloomberg

More tourist arrivals from countries like China and Japan are likely helping Myanmar. But it sounds as though the country is a tougher sell these days to western travelers from Europe and elsewhere.

2 years ago

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Sterling Wong and Livia Yap, Bloomberg

Investors are betting that tourists will look past the ethnic cleansing happening in some parts of Myanmar and so far some have, but others are canceling trips on moral grounds or safety fears.

2 years ago

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda , Bloomberg

ANA is very keen to invest in Myanmar to tap into travel demand in a fast-growing Asian economy. Does the Rohingya ethnic cleansing crisis fit at all into ANA's calculations? Not that we can tell.

2 years ago