Myanmar Elected: Mr. San Htwee Aung
In preparation of the 2015 Myanmar Elections, every week we speak to a citizen of Myanmar about the impact tourism has (had) on their daily life. San Htwee Aung, receptionist at a hotel in Mrauk U, says that tourism not only brings job opportunities but also upgrades his people.
Tourists visit these villages and they donate to build schools there. Before tourism there were no schools.
Hello Lady / Mister Tourist,
I am San Htwee Aung, a receptionist of Vesali Hotel, Mrauk U. When I was a boy I saw some English men wandering among the temples of Mrauk U. In those days all white men were English for us.
In 1999 I worked in a guesthouse. It was a grand building by our standards (no hotels then in Mrauk U). I had to serve the tourists who stayed in it. It was necessary to speak English. I began studying English and also some other languages. We came to know they are different from us in some ways of thinking, behavior, attitude and etiquette. We learned from them many things of grate value for the art of living. Year by year more tourists, hotels and restaurants came to Mrauk U. I moved to work in Vesali Hotel. I had to serve and deal with a lot of tourists. My English improved.
Today there are more jobs in hotels, restaurants and more income for car drivers, boat drivers, tour guides and food suppliers.
To the north east of Mrauk U, in the hilly region, there are Chin tribal villages with tattooed women. Tourists visit these villages and they donate to build schools there. Before tourism there were no schools.
Thus tourism not only brings job opportunities but also upgrades our people. In the last 10 years there have been great changes. Transportation and communications became easier. There are telephones, email and Internet, never known 10 years ago. Our region becomes modernized.
We welcome more tourists, to make the people more prosperous and to share knowledge of the art of living.
Mr. San Htwee Aung
Vesali Hotel, Mrauk U
The Myanmar General Election 2015 is scheduled for November 8th 2015 and will form an important landmark for the future of Myanmar and people working in the Burma tourism industry.