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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

 

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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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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.

We have extended our deadline until the 30th of September 2017

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30 August 2017

We are very pleased about all the great submissions we have received so far!

We have extended our deadline until the 30th of September to give you more time to show us how you contribute to sustainable tourism in Myanmar.

We are looking forward to more interesting submissions, especially in the field of Destination Management, Community Tourism, Training and Communication.

We are thrilled to announce Swisscontact as our first sponsor of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards 2017.

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28 July 2017

We are delighted to announce that Swisscontact will be a Gold Sponsor of the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards 2017.

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Swisscontact began its activities in Myanmar in 2014 and is currently implementing a flagship SDC-funded Program called the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP). The Program’s overall goal is gainful and market demand-driven employment or self-employment and better income for disadvantaged women and men in targeted areas of Myanmar. The First Main Phase lasts until January 2018 and has three components. One of them is called the Hotel Training Initiative, which facilitates the increase of skilled men and women in the hospitality industry. By the end of this phase, the HTI Component will have trained 3,000 disadvantaged people in three hospitality-related occupations, more than 1,000 line staff as well as more than 500 hospitality instructors. Two further Main Phases are foreseen.

Swisscontact is a strong advocate of sustainable tourism and as such, Swisscontact became a silver partner of UNWTO this year to show its commitment to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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1st Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards : Call for applications

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10 July 17

Applications for the first Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards organized by the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute are now being accepted.

The Myanmar Responsible Awards will identify and celebrate innovation and responsible tourism best practices. We aim to inspire the tourism industry by what is possible to achieve with responsible actions, recognize businesses and individuals that demonstrate best practices and encourage competition and sustainability across the tourism industry.

The awards will honor tourism industry leaders and innovators in six categories: Best Responsible Tourism Accommodation, Best Responsible Tourism Operator, Best Responsible Tourism Destination, Best Responsible Tourism Communication/ Marketing, Best Responsible Tourism Education Program and Best Community Involvement in Tourism.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply before 30 August 2017.

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Contact:

MRTA Program Manager Johanna Pelikan

RTAwards@myanmarresponsibletourism.org

Tel +95 (0) 9778158168

Tel +95 (0) 9442625774

 

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