Myanmar is now open for travel by wheelchair travelers and senior travelers, claimed Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center (MATC) which is pioneering barrier free travel in the country.
MATC recently conducted a sponsored tour program in major destinations in Myanmar in collaboration with a French wheelchair blogger, I Wheel Travel.
Dr. Lu Mon, founder of MATC, said “The press trip was intended to validate our accessible tour program and also to analyze the accessibility level of destinations, hotels and transportations from point of view of an experienced wheelchair tourist.”
“In Yangon portion of the trip, we were able to utilize the service of tourist guide who was trained for disability inclusion training by MATC. It is truly encouraging.” said Dr. Su Myat Sandi Oo, co-founder of MATC and director of Mira Travels, parent organization of MATC.
The blogger visited Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Ngwe Saung Beach in a carefully crafted 10-day program. A number of hotels participated in the trip as accommodation sponsors.
“Our hotel partners see the trip as a wonderful way to promote their accommodations in a sustainable manner. Hoteliers will become more aware to the needs of person with disabilities. We truly thank our sponsors and we will recommend those accommodations for our special tourists.” said Sandi.
“There are many challenges remained here for barrier free tourism in Myanmar. We can only accept certain type of disabled travelers. But I do believe we made a good start.” said Dr. Lu Mon.