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Tourism Transparency Blog

Thursday 24th November 2011
Chinese tourists are different in terms of what they know about Burma, depending on geographical proximity and cultural relevance. In this sense, I mean, for Chinese living in southwest China, especially Yunnan, they...
Wednesday 23rd November 2011
"Don’t come in with your camera and take only pictures. We don’t need that kind of tourist. Talk to those who want to talk. Let them know of the conditions of your life." (Yangon resident quoted in Lonely Planet Myanmar...
Thursday 17th November 2011
Tourism Concern have just published a briefing for the tourism industry that addressed the issue of human rights and how businesses can help those mostly in need. This briefing was presented at the London World Travel...
Wednesday 9th November 2011
Citizen diplomacy is the idea that citizens have the right and duty to shape foreign relations. Tourists can be citizen diplomats if they are motivated by their will to engage with the world a meaningful, mutually...
Wednesday 9th November 2011
The National League for Democracy (Aung San Suu Kyi's democratic opposition party) issued a statement, in which they withdrew from the blank tourism boycott. This does not mean that tourists should visit Burma like...
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Here a little anecdote by an experienced and politically aware traveler to Burma, who shows how helpful tourists can make a difference.     I’m going to tell you a little story, which is so typical of why...
Monday 7th November 2011
The Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN) has published a different type of guidebook. This courageous alternative guidebook focuses on the cultural repression and distortion committed by the Burmese military in Shan...
Monday 11th July 2011
  Many tourists now wish to visit Burma, not least due to recent political developments. In November 2010 we saw a redrafting of the government of Myanmar and the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then we...