Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center is the first ever disability inclusive training in Myanmar tourism
On July 27, 2017, local tour operator Mira Travels has successfully conducted the first of its kind training in Myanmar – Disability Inclusive Training for Tourism Sector Program (DITTS) in collaboration with Myanmar Independent Living Initiative and Myanmar Tourist Guide Association in Yangon.
The organizers received overwhelming interest of over 250 applications from tourist guides. Due to limited capacity this training could only host one-fifth of applicants. About 55 tourist guides completed the training program.
The education program is an initiative of Accessible Myanmar, an innovative project of Mira Travels which received from start the support from UK AID Business Innovation Facility (BIF) through its Product & Package Innovation Competition (PPIC). UK Aid is the official agency for international development with the target of poverty reduction in selected countries by supporting development programmes. Some £150 million are being attributed over a period of five years by the agency to selected projects.
Deputy Director General from Ministry of Hotel & Tourism, Director from Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Senior Advisor of Myanmar Tourism Federation, Vice chairmen of Union of Myanmar Travel Association and Chairman of Myanmar Tourist Guide Association attended the opening ceremony of the training.
At the event, Dr. Lu Mon, managing director Mira Travels announced the establishment of Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center (MATC), with intention for Accessible Myanmar project to evolve into a social enterprise, for wider and better stake-holder cooperation with NGOs and authorities.