Ep 128: Destination Myanmar: Assessing the Impacts of the Past Two Years, with Argus Tuft

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30 Mar 2022 • 34m49s

What is the travel outlook for Myanmar after COVID-19 and 14 months after the military coup? And what is daily life like in Yangon, the nation’s largest city?

Today, Gary and Hannah are joined by Argus Tuft (pseudonym), who is a long-time resident of Myanmar, and an experienced operator across the aviation, travel and marine sectors. He also made TV documentaries in Australia. Argus is currently working as an independent consultant in Yangon advising local and overseas nationals and expat residents on returning to or leaving Myanmar as international flights have not been operating for the past two years.

We discuss the varied impacts of the past two years on the economy in general and the travel industry, which was growing fast before the pandemic struck.

Argus also addresses speculation that Myanmar is preparing to reopen to business travel and perhaps leisure tourism.

We also discuss airlines, pearl farming, archipelago living, river cruising, ballooning and superyachts, and Argus shares a few hidden treasures in this beautiful country which sits at the intersection of South and South East Asia.

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