For the June edition of The
Talk, we speak to Phyoe Wai Yar Zar who is Managing Director of Diethelm Travel
Myanmar, one of the founding member of the Rotary Club of Central Yangon and
advisor to Myanmar Tourism Marketing.
Name: Phyoe Wai Ya Zar
Hometown: Salay, Magwe Region
Job: MD of Diethelm Travel Myanmar
What are your thoughts on the state of tourism in
Myanmar at the moment?
We dance with the
tunes of the Rakhine Issue and cannot overcome the challenges in a short time
span. Therefore, we are going through a tough time and need to make a concerted
effort together with all the stakeholders to overcome the challenges.
Should people visit Myanmar now? Why?
Certainly, they should visit
Myanmar now. The major tourist destinations are very remote from the area where
the attention of international audience is given. People in those destinations
should not be the collateral damage of the recent and current unrest. Tourism
should be a viable business to help driving the economy and continue to give
opportunities for the people.
How could the tourism industry be improved going into the
That’s a million-dollar
Since tourism is a business, we need to plan it well and invest our
time, effort, equity (in terms of both state budget and marketing budget of the
companies from the private sector). We need to aptly train the people from, again,
both public and private sectors, in order to drive the machine toward the
goals, which are increased turnover and mitigation of the unwanted impacts on
the culture and environment.
What do you love about your job?
I love doing business with
people, providing services rather than manufacturing goods. I also love being
in a position to give capacity and empowerment to the people I work with.
What do you hate about your job?
It is a very time consuming
Tell us about a magical Myanmar moment you’ve had.
The most recent one was the
stay at a superb hotel at Inle Lake with family and friends during the last
Thingyan Water Festival break, spending quality time with loved ones on a
carefree holiday, enjoying tasty food, taking a boat trip on the serene lake
and having been immersed in the cultural heritage Inle Lake offered.