Lists of ‘dos and don’ts’ for tourists coming soon
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
Instructional posters will be distributed in places frequented by foreigners.