Environment is Top Concern for Sustainable Tourism in Ngapali
Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), co-hosted the first ever multistakeholder workshop on responsible tourism in Ngapali from 11-13 May 2016.
Parliamentarians from Rakhine State Parliament, local government officials from General Administration Department, Thandwe and Ngapali City Development Committees, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the Tourist Police, hotel owners and managers, tour guides and tourism professionals, restaurant and shop owners, fishermen and local villagers were all present, as were civil society organisations.
Download the full press release to learn about the main conclusions of the workshop:
Dr Julia Jeyacheya had previously co-authored, with Dr Mark Hampton, the article Coastal Tourism and Local Impact at Ngapali Beach: Initial Findings | Burmese Translation
Hanns Seidel Foundation has worked on the Myanmar government’s 2012 Responsible Tourism Policy and the 2013 Community Involved Tourism Policy
Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) published a Tourism Sector Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) in February 2015, available at https://www.myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org/swia/tourism.html
HSF and MCRB previous co-hosted multistakeholder workshops in Naypyidaw on responsible tourism (October 2015), and community involved tourism (December 2015).
Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute is a new non-profit organisation formed in 2016 to support responsible tourism development in Myanmar through knowledge sharing, training and research. For further details see www.myanmarresponsibletourism.org]