The Burmese military dictatorship’s suppression of political opposition, symbolized by the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, has hitherto deterred many Australians from visiting the country.
But the regime in Burma may be losing its international pariah status as it seems to be taking some steps towards democracy, and an increasing number of tour operators, including Helen Wong’s Tours and Travel Indochina are including it in their programs.
Like Vietnam of a decade ago, Burma lacks the infrastructure to cope with a mass influx of tourists but there are some early indications that next year could see a mini-boom in Australian visitors.
Within weeks of Travel Indochina’s brochure release for 2012, the wholesaler announced that its January and February Burma small group journey departures had sold out. “The quick take-up of our inaugural nine and 13-day journeys has validated our choice of beginning to offer tours to the country in 2012,” said Travel Indochina managing director, Paul Hole. “Demand is outstripping supply and tourists need to lock in travel plans without delay.”
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