Promoting inclusion of Myanmar small and medium enterprises in the tourism industry

Promoting inclusion of Myanmar small and medium enterprises in the tourism industry

Round 1 Myanmar Tourism Completed

66%

34%

Partner contribution

$ 332,520

DFAT contribution

$ 173,500

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Total Value

$ 506,020


Start: January 2017 - End: January 2019

Partners

AVI

AVI is an Australian, not-for-profit organisation committed to achieving economic and social development outcomes across Asia, the Pacific and the world. AVI invites change and connects people to bring about change by sharing their skills, knowledge and experience through international pathways and networks. AVI combines extensive cross-sector networks with an evidence-based approach, which contributes to economic, social and environmental change for communities in the region and beyond. AVI supports and co-designs locally driven initiatives that help stimulate sustained outcomes, rewarding relationships between Australians and their international peers.

The Intrepid Group

The Intrepid Group is the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences. Over its 37 years of operation, the company has adhered to a socially and environmentally responsible ethos.

About this partnership

This partnership is promoting inclusive economic growth by enabling the establishment and sustainable growth of SMEs to deliver Sustainable Experience Rich Travel (SERT) products to capitalise on the increasing demand of the Myanmar tourism market.

This initiative is establishing a tourism business investment platform, known as the Sustainable Tourism Hub, to be a market and business advisory service and low-interest investment fund combining business planning with seed/growth funding for Myanmar small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector.

The partnership is providing funding and skills development to SMEs to boost the economic growth potential of responsible tourism. Investing in this undersupplied but rapidly growing market will have a wider development impact through tourism’s ability to target communities and marginalised groups.

Gender

All activities in this initiative promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, reflected in the selection process for the hub’s clients, as well as ensuring gender is taken into consideration throughout the hub’s operating systems, training programs, and those of partner organisations.

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