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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (eTN) - Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler has defended his book's influence in the travel industry by claiming tourists going to Myanmar (formerly Burma) is "doing more good than bad."
Pakokku, Burma - The elderly monk is nervous. He paces the room, leans over an old TV set and slips in a "Tom and Jerry" DVD, raising the volume to an uncomfortable pitch. He peers out one window and then the next, fidgeting. He sits down, gets up again. Finally, he talks. But after all that, there is not much to say.
(eTN ) - During last week’s ASEAN Travel Forum (ATF), the biggest surprise came probably from Myanmar. Following the government’s brutal repression to peacefully demonstrating citizens and monks last September, tourism was expected to collapse with no hope for a quick turn-around. Not so, according to new numbers.