Myanmar Business Travel Guide - - BUSINESS TRAVEL -

Myan­mar’s lead­ing tourism as­so­ci­a­tion opens with the greet­ing: ‘Let the jour­ney be­gin’; an apt mes­sage not only for the in­creas­ing swells of peo­ple vis­it­ing the coun­try’s shores each year, but in­deed for the na­tion as a whole as it strives to bring its in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment up to the same spell­bind­ing stan­dards as its nat­u­ral beauty.

Sit­u­ated in South­east Asia on the bor­ders of Bangladesh, In­dia, China, Laos and Thai­land, for the past few decades, Myan­mar – or Burma as it is some­times known – has re­mained one of the big­gest hid­den se­crets in the world. Dic­tated by po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and re­li­gious con­flict, its in­ten­tional block­ade to the rest of the planet left many ques­tions unanswered.

How­ever, since 2011 and a sub­se­quent eas­ing of ten­sions – al­though some afore­men­tioned prob­lems are still ev­i­dent – the views that have greeted cu­ri­ous vis­i­tors and tourists have in­stan­ta­neously made the coun­try one of the most at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tions around the globe.

What ex­ists now is a nat­u­ral aes­thetic ap­peal that trumps pretty much any­thing in its wake, and an eco­nomic, in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment strat­egy that prom­ises to catch up to the rest of the world at an in­creas­ingly rapid rate in the years to come.

Among its

14 states, 67 dis­tricts, 330 town­ships and more than 68,000 vil­lages a bal­ance is be­ing formed, and thanks to the nat­u­ral preser­va­tion of a land­scape largely untouched by in­dus­trial evo­lu­tion up to this point, busi­ness trav­ellers can look for­ward to his­tor­i­cal and nat­u­ral perfection as well as more fre­quent eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties as the de­vel­op­ment un­folds.

Myan­mar’s che­quered his­tory set upon a sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar land­scape cul­mi­nates in one of the world’s most fas­ci­nat­ing lo­ca­tions, with its in­fras­truc­tural evo­lu­tion just get­ting started Writer: Matthew Staff

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