Lists of ‘dos and don’ts’ for tourists com­ing soon

The Myanmar Times - - News - Kyawkoko@mm­ KYAW KO KO

TOURISTS be­hav­ing badly are go­ing to be put on no­tice, travel pro­fes­sion­als have warned. A se­ries of sign­boards are to be put up at pop­u­lar tourist sites urg­ing them to mod­ify their con­duct in ac­cor­dance with lo­cal mores.

The vinyl plac­ards list­ing dos and don’ts for visi­tors will be dis­trib­uted wher­ever lo­cal and foreign visi­tors can be found, said the Union of Myan­mar Travel As­so­ci­a­tion (UMTA).

Visi­tors will be given in­struc­tional mis­sives such as “Do not chew be­tel”, “Please dis­card trash into the dust­bin”, “No Smok­ing”, and “Do not wear clothes that are in­ap­pro­pri­ate in pub­lic sight”.

Such posters were pre­vi­ously dis­trib­uted in Yangon, Man­dalay and other big

‘We will keep try­ing to per­suade peo­ple to en­joy their visit with­out up­set­ting any­one.’

Man­dalay Tourist Guides As­so­ci­a­tion cities as part of a sticker cam­paign, said Daw Tha­toe Thuzar Aung, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the UMTA, on July 30.

“We had stick­ers put up at ma­jor travel des­ti­na­tions such as Yangon, Man­dalay, Inle [Lake], Kalaw and other places in Shan State as a pub­lic aware­ness pro­gram. Now we plan to dis­trib­ute vinyl posters, start­ing next month af­ter the rainy sea­son. We’re work­ing with tourist guides and bus driv­ers who deal with tourists, and we will dis­trib­ute them through­out Myan­mar,” she said.

The cam­paign will be im­ple­mented by the UMTA, the Myan­mar Tourist Guides As­so­ci­a­tion, mo­tor ve­hi­cle as­so­ci­a­tions pro­vid­ing ser­vices for tourists and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved with tourism.

U Ye Myat Tun, chair of the Man­dalay Tourist Guides As­so­ci­a­tion, said peo­ple needed to know how to be­have in pub­lic places. The pur­pose is to raise pub­lic aware­ness, with help from the gov­ern­ment and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in pro­mot­ing the tourism in­dus­try.

“It’s im­por­tant to cam­paign for pub­lic aware­ness. Peo­ple are still undis­ci­plined in pub­lic ar­eas, de­spite signs re­mind­ing them to dis­card their trash into the dust­bin. We still see rub­bish lit­ter­ing pub­lic ar­eas. We in­stalled dust­bins in Min­gun, but a week later they were gone. We will keep try­ing to per­suade peo­ple to en­joy their visit with­out up­set­ting any­one,” he said. – Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

U Ye Myat Tun

Photo: Kyaw Ko Ko

In­struc­tional posters will be dis­trib­uted in places fre­quented by for­eign­ers.

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