Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTA) : Winners and Runner-ups 2018

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MYANMAR, February 11, 2019 – Initiated by the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) in 2017, this was the second year that the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTA) took place. MRTA 2018 was organised in collaboration with the Business Innovation Facility (BIF).

The Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards are the only award scheme of its type. The Awards work to raise awareness of the high potential that Myanmar’s tourism industry has to generate meaningful social, economic, and environmental benefits. MRTA shines a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of tourism businesses inspiring others to adopt responsible tourism practices, and encouraging competition to make sustainable and inclusive tourism the standard in Myanmar.

Ko Nyunt, MRTI Chairman said: “Our purpose in organising the Awards is to encourage change in the industry and to single out for recognition those who are taking responsibility and can evidence that they are having a positive impact towards responsible and sustainable tourism in Myanmar. These awards recognise those who are working towards a tourism industry that promotes our unique environment, our culture and our people.”

The seven winners of the second Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTA) were recently revealed at the dazzling Awards Ceremony held at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon on 11th December 2018, in front of an audience of more than 260 tourism industry professionals, stakeholders and influencers.

And the winners and runner-ups are:

Best Responsible Tourism Accommodation

Winner: Inle Princess Resort, www.inle-princess.com

Runner-up: Laguna Lodge – ECO Hotel, www.angel-ngapali.com

Best Tourism Product for Empowerment

Winner: Inle Canoe Lady, www.facebook.com/inlecanoelady/

Runner-up: Beyond Boundaries Myanmar, www.beyondboundariesmyanmar.com

Best Community Involvement in Tourism

Winner: Ayeyarwady Dolphin Conservation and Ecotourism, www.facebook.com/WCSMyanmar/

Runner-up: Community Involved Tourism Pa-O Region (CITPAR), www.cit-paoregion.com

Best Tourism Business Innovation

Winner: Inle Horse Club, www.inlehorseclub.com

Runner-up: iDiscover Asia, www.i-discoverasia.com

Best Responsible Tourism Awareness Raising Project

Winner: Green Hill Valley Elephant Care Camp, www.ghvelephant.com

Runner-up: ChuChu, www.facebook.com/ChuChuYangon/

Best Responsible Tourism Operator (Newcomer)

Winner: Myanmar Adventure Outfitters, www.myanmaradventureoutfitters.com

Best Responsible Tourism Operator

Winner: Sampan Travel, www.sampantravel.com/

A transparent and accountable selection process is at the heart of MRTA. The selection process is made up of three key steps: shortlisting, verification and a panel review.

Seven travel and tourism experts were appointed as the MRTA Judges for 2018. Our judging panel brought together a diverse range of experience from the private sector, academia and non-profit organisations.

Find out more about the selection process here: www.myanmarresponsibletourismawards.org

MRTA is made possible by the generous support of our Partners:

For updates, follow the MRTA Facebook Page: @myanmarresponsibletourismawards

Contact: Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute

rtawards@myanmarresponsibletourism.org

+95 (0) 9778158168

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