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Travelife’s Naut Kusters talking about tourism, the situation in Myanmar and why it’s good to continue to visit the country. During the world’s biggest tourism trade show in Berlin, Naut Kusters from the UK based organisation Travelife joined a press conference on tourism in Myanmar. He made some very valid points about a wrong perception of tour operators and travellers that are avoiding to visit or promote Myanmar as a tourist destination at the moment. MTM asked him some more questions after the trade show.
- What has Travelife achieved in Myanmar so far and what are targets for Travelife in Myanmar for the coming years?
Meanwhile we have 15 awarded companies and many more are engaged with Travelife working towards recognition and certification.
As a next step we wish to involve more (leading) companies and to establish common standards for suppliers, such as hotels, excursion providers and Elephant camps.
As Travelife we facilitate our local partners to take the lead and set joint standards. Recently a group of in sustainability leading companies has established the Myanmar Sustainable Tour Operator Network (MSTON) with the aim to set common standards towards their suppliers and to exchange best practices. We also engaged an expert, Mona Konrad to support our work in Myanmar and provide personal coaching to our member companies in Myanmar.
- Can you give a sample of Travelife Criteria that are very specific for Myanmar?
- As Myanmar is currently a lot in the news because of the situation in Northern Rakhine State and some travellers or tour operators believe it’s better to avoid Myanmar. What is Travelife advice to these travellers?
Read full article at Myanmar.travel: http://myanmar.travel/news-publication/visiting-myanmar-now-sustainable-thing/