Press Release: MRTA 2018 Winner Announced

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Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute
December 11,2018
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PRESS RELEASE:

Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTAs) – Winners Announced

The official awards ceremony was held at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon on 11th December 2018.  This marks the second year of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards and the standard of entries demonstrates the continued passion and dedication of local tourism businesses to lead the way in responsible tourism standards.

The evening started off with an opening speech by U Naing Win, Director MoHT Yangon, followed by  Ko Nyunt, Chairman of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI), which organises the awards and a welcoming speech by YuYu Naing, Private Sector Development Adviser, Department for International Development (DFID).

Ko Nyunt 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 Myanmar tourism industry developing in a way that promotes our unique environment, our culture and our people.”

Yu Yu Naing added in her speech: “DFID has also supported MRTA to integrate poverty reduction as a cross-cutting theme in all categories of the MRTA. This is to recognise those businesses that have developed inclusive business models that can inspire others. Tourism doesn’t necessarily help these people if visitors only stay in their hotels and move between a few key destinations with flights and cars.”

This year, MRTI awarded seven winners in six different categories. Each applicant went through a shortlisting process. After this, shortlisted candidates were visited on-site by our assessors, who verified the claims made in their application. Followed by an independent judging panel meeting, to identify the winners. The judging panel consisted of seven travel and tourism experts.

Congratulations to all the 2018 winners, runners-up and applicants.

For each of the six categories, the winners and runners-up are as follows:

Best Responsible Tourism Accommodation

Awarded to an accommodation provider (hotel, guesthouse, B&B, etc.) with a strong commitment to protecting the environment and maximising social and economic benefits to the local economy.

Winner: Inle Princess Resort 
Runner-up: Laguna Lodge – ECO Hotel

Best Tourism Product for Empowerment

For initiatives specifically working to improve the way in which individuals and groups take part in society –improving the ability, opportunity and dignity of those who are disadvantaged due to their gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability, education, etc. This award highlights the work of a business/organisation that has equality, equity and social inclusion embedded in everything they do.

Winner: Inle Canoe Lady
Runner-up: Beyond Boundaries Myanmar

Best Responsible Tourism Operator (Newcomer)

Awarded to the operator that educates and inspires travellers through a responsible approach to leading excursions and has only been operating for 3 years or less.

Winner: Myanmar Adventure Outfitters

Best Responsible Tourism Operator

Awarded to a tour operator (travel agent,tour operator, DMC, tour guide) who has responsible tourism at the heart of what they do and who not only demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the places they visit, but also shapes unique and meaningful experiences for visitors while conveying how to be a responsible traveller.

Winner: Sampan Travel

Best Community Involvement in Tourism

Awarded to an organisation or community initiative that is working to improve lives by creating opportunities to preserve and respect cultural heritage and traditions. Initiatives must be provided and explicitly designed to meet the needs and enhance the skills of the people and communities involved.

Winner: Ayeyarwady DolphinConservation and Ecotourism
Runner-up: Community Involved Tourism Pa-O Region (CITPAR)

Best Tourism Business Innovation

Awarded to an inspirational business that has created an innovative and inclusive tourism idea that makes good business sense.

Winner: Inle Horse Club
Runner-up: iDiscover Asia

Best Responsible Tourism Awareness Raising Project

Awarded to a project that is raising awareness of responsible tourism– whether it is responsible tourism as a concept,or one aspect of responsible tourism that touches on one of our key criteria(social and economic benefits, benefits to cultural heritage, benefits to the environment, educates about responsible tourism, and/or encourages engagement in responsible tourism).

Winner: Green Hill Valley Elephant CareCamp
Runner-up: ChuChu

Programme Manager, Johanna Pelikan, added:“All of the MRTA 2018 winners and runner-ups can be extremely proud of themselves.”, she continued with “This project would not have been possible without the meaningful cooperation and partners and the most important point our participants, the pioneers, the people who try very hard every day to develop Myanmar’s tourism industry in a sustainable way,  so resources will be available for future generation in a country where people want to live, work and travel to.”

The organising committee of MRTI looks forward to holding the competition again next year.

For further information:
Website: www.myanmarresponsibletourismawards.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyanmarResponsibleTourismAwards/

MRTA 2018 Winner
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Save the Date!

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 5:30 pm

at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon,

40 Nat Mauk St, Yangon

 

MRTA 2018 Award Ceremony

The 2nd Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony will be held at the Chatrium Royal Lake Hotel on Tuesday 11th December 2018,  5:30 pm. The evening starts with a drinks and canapés reception, followed by the award ceremony, where the awards will be presented. The evening will finish off with a gala dinner and networking opportunity.

Event tickets are available at a cost of 40 USD per person or a table for 360 USD for a table to seat 10 guests.

For tickets please contact: rtawards@myanmarresponsibletouris.org, or johanna@myanmarresponsibletourism.org

 

Download the Save the Date here.

 

Shortlist unveiled for 2018 Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards

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The selection of shortlisted candidates for the 2018 Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTA) is now complete.

A transparent and accountable selection process is at the heart of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards. The selection process is made up of three key steps: shortlisting, verification and a panel review. The first step in the process of selection has now been completed.

The MRTA Management Team reviewed 44 applications across six award categories, deliberating long and hard on which entities to shortlist for this year’s award. 25 applicants will be invited to advance to the next stage.

Speaking at the unveiling of the shortlist, Ko Nyunt (Chairman of MRTI) said “The purpose of MRTA is to inspire, educate and encourage competition in the tourism industry. Responsible tourism is about making better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit by generating meaningful social, economic and environmental benefits. Because great places to live in, with their natural and cultural heritage, are great places to visit.”

“MRTI congratulates all the shortlisted candidates on their significant achievement.  They will now advance to the next stage. They can expect to be visited on site by our assessors for verification of claims, before the independent panel of judges will meet to review all findings and decide the winner for each of the six categories”.

 

The shortlisted candidates are:

Best Responsible Tourism Accommodation

  • Boulder Bay Eco Resort
  • Inle Princess Resort
  • Laguna Lodge
  • Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort
  • The Hotel Kalaw Hill Lodge

Best Product for Empowerment

  • Beyond Boundaries Myanmar
  • Inle Canoe Lady

Best Responsible Tour Operator

  • EASIA Travel – Myanmar
  • Irrawaddy Voyages
  • Myanmar Adventure Outfitters
  • PEAK DMC Myanmar/Journeys Adventure Travel
  • Sampan Travel
  • Khiri Travel Myanmar

Best Tourism Business Innovation

  • iDiscover Asia
  • Inle Horse Club Nyaung Shwe
  • Myanmar Adventure Outfitters
  • Thahara

Best Community Involvement in Tourism

  • Ayeyarwady Dolphin Conservation and Ecotourism
  • Community Involved Tourism Pa-O Region (CITPAR)
  • HOME Myanmar

Best Awareness Raising Project

  • Boulder Bay Eco Resort
  • ChuChu
  • Green Hill Valley Elephant Care Camp
  • Novotel Yangon Max
  • Sampan Travel

 

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

Frontier Myanmar, Grab Myanmar, International Trade Centre (ITC), Lux-Development (LuxDev) on behalf of Luxembourg Aid and Development, Swisscontact funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Flymya.com, Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) and Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM).

MRTA is led by the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI). In 2018, the Awards are organised in collaboration with the Business Innovation Facility, with funding from UKaid.

For updates, follow the MRTA Facebook Page: @myanmarresponsibletourismawards

 

Contact:
Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute
rtawards@myanmarresponsibletourism.org
+95 (0) 9778158168
+95 (0) 9442625774

 

We are pleased to announce our first Silver Sponsor for MRTA 2018

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ITC_Logo_CMYK_RWe are more than thrilled to announce that the International Trade Centre (ITC), will be partnering with us for MRTA 2018.

Established in 1964, ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. ITC is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). ITC enables MSMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people and poor communities.

Press Release (English & Burmese), Launch of the 2nd Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards

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Press Release

Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute

July 20, 2018

FOR IMMEADIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute

rtawards@myanmarresponsibletourism.org

+95 (0) 9778158168

+95 (0) 9442625774

 

 

Launch of the 2nd Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards

 

The 2018 Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards was launched on Friday 20th July in Yangon.

Initiated by the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) in 2017, this will be the second year that the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards (MRTA) are run. MRTA 2018 is organised in collaboration with the Business Innovation Facility and incorporates the Product & Package Innovation Competition (PPIC) which was run from 2015-2017 and supported companies to innovate and implement inclusive tourism business ideas.

MRTA works to raise awareness of the high potential that Myanmar’s tourism industry has to generate meaningful social, economic, and environmental benefits. The Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of tourism businesses that are changing travel in innovative ways, inspire others to adopt responsible tourism practices, and encourage competition to make sustainable and inclusive tourism the standard in Myanmar.

Last year the quality of entries proved the passion and dedication of local tourism businesses to lead the way in responsible tourism standards.

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Ko Nyunt, Chairman of MRTI, said “Our ambition is to use tourism to make better places for people to live in. This will benefit the industry: great places to live are great places to visit.” He added, “The winners of MRTA 2017 should be particularly proud of what they have achieved; they have been recognised as being leaders in a responsible tourism movement where more is expected each year.”

 

Paul Bates from Destination Ayeyarwady, a winner of MRTA 2017, explained how the Awards had generated a positive impact on the communities they work with, “For the men, women and children of Destination Ayeyarwady winning the prestigious MRTI Award ‘Best Community Involvement in Tourism, 2017’ gave a voice to those that traditionally have no voice.”

Sampan Travel, winner of the ‘Best Responsible Tourism Communication’ category in 2017, also shared their thoughts at the launch, describing how recognition from MRTA benefitted and motivated their team: “Working for sustainability is a long-term process. Sometimes you don’t see the result in a short time. It is a lot of work and can be tiring and frustrating. By entering this award, we got the energy and encouragement to keep working for the sustainability of Myanmar’s tourism industry.”

 

This year the Awards will honour tourism industry leaders and innovators in six categories:

  • Best Responsible Tourism Accommodation
  • Best Responsible Tourism Operator
  • Best Community Involvement in Tourism
  • Best Responsible Tourism Business Innovation
  • Best Responsible Tourism Awareness Raising Project
  • Best Responsible Tourism Product for Empowerment

MRTI encourages organizations of all types and sizes to enter. The application window will open on Friday 10th August 2018. Entry kits and further details are available at www.myanmarresponsibletourismawards.org.

 

Partnership opportunities are also available – please contact MRTA through the website for further information.

 

For updates, follow the MRTA Facebook Page: @myanmarresponsibletourismawards

 

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The 2nd Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards

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26 June 2018

MRTI is very pleased to announce that the second Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards will be launched in the coming weeks. The Awards aim to identify the country’s most forward-thinking and innovative tourism businesses, to showcase their success stories and share best practice across the industry.
Last year the standard of entries proved the passion and dedication of local tourism businesses to lead the way in responsible tourism. We are excited to see what this year’s competition brings!

Further details about the award categories and application process will be announced shortly. Follow the MRTA Facebook page for updates!

The 2018 Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards will be run in collaboration with the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) and will incorporate the Product & Package Innovation Competition, which was run from 2015 to 2017.