• Mike Haynes

    Heritage Management & Responsible Tourism Consultant

    20 years experience supporting sustainable tourism in great places

    • International Team Leader and Senior Tourism Advisor in Development Projects
    • Specialist in Myanmar, Heritage, Tourism, Training and Project Management
    • Researcher in Tourism Development
    • Lives by beautiful Inle Lake
  • About Me

    I'm a Heritage Management and Responsible Tourism Consultant, and International Project Team Leader with clients including GIZ, ICIMOD, MIID, UNWTO, WWF and Fauna & Flora International on projects funded by BMZ, the EU, Danida, UNICEF, Government of Luxembourg, to mention a few.


    I'm also a researcher with Newcastle University where I have just completed my PhD in studying the relationships between development partners and tourism development policy in Myanmar, looking at destination management and visitor economy development. As part of this I have developed new project monitoring and evaluation tools, as well as a Destination Management Planning Model.

    In development terms, Myanmar is the tourism destination of the moment. The country is rapidly opening up after decades of military rule finally came to an end with the welcoming of the first civilian government in April 2016.


    My work in Myanmar has included leading the development country's first Destination Management Plan in the Inle Lake Region, implementing GIZ's Shan State Tourism Development Project as well as value chain studies, product development and diversification and the promotion of heritage conservation.

    My journey in South East Asia began in Vietnam back in 2003 where I worked on a World Bank project to support sustainable tourism in Vietnam's Marine Protected Areas. Since then I've worked with dozens of clients across the broad area of tourism and development.


    As well as my work and research, I speak in conferences about responsible tourism and am on the advisory board for the new Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute. I'm also a professional member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation.

  • Projects and Clients

    Here are some of my past and present projects and clients in Myanmar

    Capacity Development - Tourism & Agriculture

    Senior Tourism Expert & Project Team Leader

    Following on from my previous projects with PEM Consult on behalf of GIZ, since 2015 I've been leading a team of 4 full time staff plus 20 international, regional and national consultants in a joint tourism and agriculture project. Our tourism aim is to increase length of stay to the region by visiting sub-destinations like Sakar Lake. We're also supporting the growth of the Myanmar Tea and Mango sectors.

    Destination Management Plan for the Inle Lake Region

    Senior Tourism Advisor & Team Leader

    Inle Lake and the surrounding region is Myanmar's most iconic and flagship destination, home to over 1 million people, diverse ethnic groups, a fragile environment and designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, ASEAN Heritage Park and Ramsar Wetland Site as well as an important cultural and natural heritage.


    In 2014 I lead a team of international & national experts to develop the Destination Management Plan for the Inle Lake Region: Myanmar's first Destination Management Plan, and continue to advocate for the sustainable and responsible of the region. Follow the links below for the document series:


    Destination Management Plan (EN) (Myanmar Language)

    Project Development Proposals for Inle Lake Region

    Options for a Destination Management Organisation for Inle Lake Region


    Private Sector Development Programme

    Sustainable Practices Consultant

    I designed a capacity building programme related to sustainable and responsible practices of tourism related businesses throughout Shan State, promoting the Manual in Sustainable Practices in the Hospitality Sector (Myanmar Version).


    Other materials we produced include housekeeping and kitchen training posters.

    Danu Trails Project

    Heritage Development Consultant

    I delivered Heritage Management training and guidance to the Danu Tourism Working Group to help develop tourism in the Danu Self Administrative Zone.


    Check out the website www.danutrails.strikingly.com

    Himalica Project

    Tourism Value Chain Analyst

    As part of ICIMOD's climate change adaptation programme (Himalica), I conducted an in-depth value chain study of the trekking and accommodation sector in Kalaw, Myanmar's leading trekking destination. Click below to download the study.

    Kalaw Trekking Value Chain Study


    Solar Power for Tourism Project


    Myanmar has less than 40% connectivity to any type of electricity grid. To support the development of Solar Power in Myanmar, I conducted an initial assessment to analyse potential market for solar investment.  Follow the link below for more details.


    Solar Energy in Myanmar

    Danu Self Administrative Zone Development Plan

    Senior Tourism Specialist

    I lead the tourism development input into the Danu SAZ Development Plan, focusing on deepening of value chain involvement of host communities, and assessing the feasibility of Community Based Tourism initiatives in the zone.


    Download the plan here.

    Development Plan for Chin State

    Senior Tourism Specialist

    After a three week assessment in Chin State, Myanmar's poorest state, my team and I compiled the tourism assessment and recommendations for the Chin State Development Plan.


    Chin State Development Plan

    Chin State Tourism Assessment

  • Want to know more about my work?

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