The rapid pace of political change in Myanmar in the past year — capped by the recent election of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament — has tourists and foreign investors rushing to the country.
So many tourists want to see the change come to the democratic institutions of Myanmar to become a politically just Burma. And yet, they also nostalgically want to keep Myanmar in a non-globalized state. In what can be called the paradox of progress, many westerners want an idealized pre-modern state.
What a transition. Burma is now free. After suffocating under military rule, Myanmar now has the chance of progressing politically and economically. With better government practices in place, under the pro democracy leader- Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar is able to prosper financially. Hotels are a big boost to the economy. Because tourists are interested in the transition of Burma, many are flocking there. Hotels are able to raise prices and hire more workers. Myanmar is able to open its doors and allow others in. It appears to be a sense of an awakening for Burma- politically and economically.
Via Seth Dixon