Nay Pyi Taw, October 12

The opening ceremony of Regional Community Tourism Development Forum in Kalaw was held by cooperation of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Hanns Seidel foundation, Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI), Myanmar Center for Responsible Business at Kalaw City Hall on October 10,2017. To this forum, one of the members of Parliament who is represented for Daw Pyone Kaythi Naing and others Hluttaw invited Parliament members, Director of Taunggyi branch from Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, staff officers, Chairman of Myanmar Hotelier Association (Southern Shan Zone) and his members, members of tour guide association, hoteliers, owners of restaurant, tour companies and others related villages and villagers with tourism and there are (170)members attended in total. The Forum had held for 2days in October (10) and (11).

The member of Parliament for Kalaw, Daw Pyone Kaythi Naing  addressed about the nice weather of Kalaw, local and foreign visitorsare very interesting in the beauty of Kalaw. In summer, there still have many visitors because of its weather condition which is still at 19’C, trekking is also famous for fabulous natural landscapes and beauty scenics. Hence, she requested to people who attended the forum how to promote this destination to get many visitors and long-stay.

Director from Directorate of Hotels and Tourism also discussed about the conditions of tourism in Shan State, related departments and sectors for sustainability and development in tourism, INGOs association and cooperation with them, can perform all types of tourism because of its wide areas which have (33) ethnic groups and having  border lines. And then he continued that we have to decide vision and mission for the development and sustainability of Kalaw tourism from this forum.

The delegate of Hanns Seidel Foundation, Mr.Achin Mumz also explained the formation of their group and conditions of cooperation with Myanmar Tourism, Kalaw is more beautiful than last (5) years and it is very promoted in tourism and then he told not to neglect and to emphasize  in local market.

U Nyunt Win Naing, Chairman of Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI), discussed about tourism and well-income by serving the best hospitality in tourism.

In first day (10.10.20170, discussed about community based tourism and its related performances and possibility and problems. And also PEM Consultant, Tourism Expert Mrs. Babara Schott discussed about Regional Community Tourism, Pa O’ Regional CBT Manager U Khun Tun Oo explained about Pa O’ CBT plans and actions and achievements, Mr. Puri Operation Manager explained tourism and Community realities and actions, U Nyi Nyi Lwin from Field Coordination and Agronomest; Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) explained about job opportunities in tourism and project and achievements of Baboom Projectin Latt Maung Kway villages in Kalaw, Daw Aye Aye Aung Manager of Sprouting Seeds discussed about handmade creations and supporters of tourism, U Kyaw Swar Co-founder of A Little Lodge explained about crafting the clothes and involvement of tourism and job opportunities creativities.

Hence, all of them discussed about villages which are on the way of trekking have to sustain natural landscapes and beauty, health caring and the needs of water and electricity, to get easy accessibility of transportation.

In the second day (11.10.2017), the hoteliers from Kalaw, tour guide association and tourism suppliers discussed about difficulties and accessibilities of Kalaw tourism.

Discussing belongs tourism specialist Mrs. Marla Perry, Responsible Tourism belongs to Senior Advisior Mike Haynes from GIZ and they discussed their topics.

In afternoon of that day, Director from Directorate of Hotels and Tourism discussed about to be sustainable tourism in Kalaw and then Directorate of Forest Department in Kalaw, Directorate of General Township administrative, Directorate of Planning, Hotel Associations and Tour guide association discussed by face to face and the forum was closed at 6 pm.