(PRWEB UK) 16 July 2014
In May 2011 responsibletravel.com, at the request of Aung San Suu Kyi, overturned its ban on Burma holidays. And in 2012 one of the site’s Burma holidays was third most booked, and in 2013 the most booked holiday on the site.
Responsibletravel.com Managing Director Justin Francis comments, “Burma’s new-found popularity with adventurous tourists would perhaps suggest that the country’s problems are a thing of the past. Sadly this is not the case.
“When responsibletravel.com lifted our boycott I urged the Burmese Government and newly formed Burmese Tourist Board to work with the NLD and local communities with an interest in tourism, to ensure that responsible tourism sets the agenda in the region.
“Although Burma is now open to the world, some problems are still there, and three years on it is just as important to ensure that revenues from tourism are reaching those in Burma who need it most, rather than supporting a non-democratically elected government.
“Responsibletravel.com’s Burma holidays are all carefully screened to ensure they are companies and organisations who work to establish deep connections that benefit local communities and preserve cultures against the potential harms of tourism.”
Tourism must tread very carefully in Burma; responsibletravel.com’s 2 minute travel guide (http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/burma) explains why:
Notes to editors:
responsibletravel.com is the world's leading online travel agent for responsible holidays and a pioneer of responsible tourism. Started in 2001 with backing from Dame Anita Roddick of The Body Shop the site's mantra is 'travel like a local'. It sells holidays that are about more than just a brief stay somewhere - instead it is travel that offers a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture, the food and the environment. It offers over 7,500 responsible holidays from over 3,000 holiday providers which all support communities and conservation. Handpicked local specialists provide authentic holidays for those seeking adventure, culture, or luxury whether travelling with family, joining a small group or looking for tailor-made activities worldwide as diverse as walking - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/walking, cycling - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/cycling and dolphin watching - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/dolphin-watching.
In addition responsibletravel.com:
CEO Justin Francis has been included in Courvoisiers The Future 500, Thames and Hudsons 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future and taken his place on the Advisory Board of The International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The company is based in Brighton's North Laine district, England.
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