Responsible travel is at the very core of our business model. We are constantly looking for ways to help the local communities at all our destinations in Myanmar. We give businesses to the members of the local communities such as station tour guides, porters, cooks, local providers of various modes of transports (horse carts, rickshaw, vehicle hires, boats) and accommodations (from local village home stay, guesthouses to hotels). Where required, we choose operating partners with responsible tourism ethos and good corporate social responsibilities who employ the members of local communities in their operations.
We also facilitate cultural exchange between our guests and local communities where possible and if it is of our guests’ interests, aiming for both sides to benefit in many ways. Many of our guests were able to spend time with local communities during their trips. This has enabled our guests to learn the way of life of local people in main tourist destinations as well as the indigenous communities in the remote frontiers and Myanmar Himalayas, their wishes and views on tourists visiting the area.
We listen to both our local communities, guests and other stakeholders in our industry. This has enable us to constantly looking for ways to help and to get involved through tourism.
We ensure that all the tours we operate encompasses the following.
- Socially, environmentally and culturally sound
- Respect local communities and their traditions, heritage and religions
- Benefit to local communities and economies through business provisions and knowledge exchange facilitations
- Minimise pollution to protect the environment
Some of our projects in the development include:
- Volunteering opportunities through special tour packages
- Community Involvement in tourism (e.g. building infrastructure, training on human resources and local service provision)
- Scholarship and internship opportunities and vocational training opportunities for local communities
Should you visit Myanmar?
- Since the Myanmar tourism was fully privatised in 1996 until the country was open up in 2011, tourism was one of very few industries that had been able to provide opportunities that provides local population with opportunities to create their own businesses, jobs and employments in openly competitive market. Since the country opened up in 2011, the whole industry has flourished even more with increasing numbers of local tour operating companies and as well as foreign individual and multinational operators.
- Local communities in general population of Myanmar are part of Myanmar Tourism Industry, working and operating businesses in tourism and related industries. It is inevitable that a proportion of holiday costs will go into government treasury through official fees and taxation. However responsible use of operators through your trips ensure your money goes to the main work force of the Myanmar ravel industry.
- Visitors to Myanmar has made a true difference to local workforce and micro economy they operate in.
- Tourism in Myanmar has allowed local people to experience the presence of international community and in some cases provide the cultural exchange opportunities.