MYANMAR - Community-Based Tourism Standards
World Tourism Day 2019 saw the national launch of the newly approved Myanmar Community-Based Tourism (CBT) Standards at the Myanmar International Conference Centre in Naypyitaw on 27 September 2019. Led and funded by the Human Resources Development in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Project - MYA/001, the CBT Standards are an agreed set of clear and detailed criteria that define precisely how to identify CBT within a local context. The CBT Standards were officially handed to the Union Minister of MoHT by a Project MYA/001 representative.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MoHT) defined CBT as one of the three priority pillars of tourism development. Stakeholders have high hopes that CBT can contribute to grassroots human capacity development, poverty alleviation and the promotion of culture in the next years.
The Myanmar CBT Standards were developed to help protect and guarantee the credibility of Myanmar CBT by creating confidence in minimum levels of quality, safety and sustainability performance. Standards can initially be used as a tool to identify gaps and training needs: providing a clear roadmap for communities to systematically improve their performance to reach the standards. Later, standards can be used as a tool to check and guarantee the quality of CBT programmes.
Following the event, from 27-30 September 2019 a 4-day workshop on implementing the CBT Standards was funded and facilitated by expert trainers from the project in Naypyitaw, with over 100 participants from more than 35 CBT projects across Myanmar. The participants did not only gain essential knowledge about business planning and sustainable operations, but also had the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences. The workshop was very well received and every delegate received a trainee handbook on the content of the workshop, as well as a newly printed copy of the standards.↑ To the top