Myanmar govt to clamp down on unlicensed tour guides, tourism businesses

The government is planning to form monitoring teams to go after unlicensed tour guides and other tourism-related businesses as part of the effort to revive the tourism industry post COVID-19, Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, vice chair and Yangon Region’s minister of Hotel and Tourism, said.The monitoring teams will be placed under the supervision of the regional or state tour committees.

“We can take effective action against erring operators only after they report to us.,” she said during an event hosted by the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association on November 24.“Travelers and operators will know more about this in the succeeding days.”In Myanmar, travel bloggers and social media influencers are selling tour packages, and licensed tour companies have to compete with them for the market, according to Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.

Tourism companies offering travel packages overseas without the proper permits and licences would be taken action under the immigration and human trafficking laws, the Yangon Regional Tourism Committee said.Despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s tourism industry were preparing for a grand tour promotions utilising the internet, in a bid to bolster the sector once virus infections eased and travel restrictions lifted.The travel and tourism industry was among the worst-hit businesses amid the spread of the COVID-19 infections around the world. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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