In Myanmar, as in many developing countries, historic buildings are often seen as roadblocks in the face of progress. Too often, it is simply seen as easier and more profitable to just knock them down and erect new, modern structures in their place.
But people and countries invariably come to regret such an approach, quickly realising that their historic buildings are a treasure, a unique and integral part of their culture that, once lost, can never be retrieved.
One Colliers survey, involving 35,000 people living across the UK, asked what people thought of different cities and towns as tourist destinations. The survey found that there was a high correlation between the number of historic buildings in towns and cities and their popularity as visitor destinations.
The full publication looks specifically at how London's Carnaby Street, Liverpool's Gladstone Conservatory and Singapore's National Art Gallery have been transformed into thriving destinations, when many people had initially belived them best to be knocked down and replaced with a new, modern development.
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