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Responsible tourism: Burma vacation, tailor made
In a number of the destinations that we offer, tourism is not particularly well established, let alone the idea of responsible tourism, and in these we find it particularly important to work with our local teams and suppliers in order to raise the issue of sustainable travel and ensure that it is placed on the agenda and becomes a better known concept. This is particularly relevant to Burma, which has experienced a massive increase in tourism over the past few years. To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace in Burma) to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. Where possible we will use local transport to minimise carbon emissions.
Many hotels in Burma lag behind the 'green thinking' adopted by accommodation in more established tourist destinations. Through our local team we work to ensure that the hotels we use understand responsible tourism policies and make moves towards implementing them - this involves basic principles such as reducing energy and water usage, that have long been practiced elsewhere but are not so established here, as well as encouraging proper methods of waste disposal.
Burma is a land with an incredible amount of unique wildlife; unfortunately very little of this receives effective protection. We strongly discourage our travelers from buying any wildlife associated souvenirs, which can be a problem in more remote parts of the country.
As part of the pre-departure information which all travelers receive, we include an extensive section on how to travel responsibly.
Having been isolated for so long but now experiencing an influx of tourists, Burma is particularly susceptible to the negative influences that tourism can sometimes bring. We recognise that we have a special responsibility to ensure that the traditions that make it such a special place to visit are not eroded. Our travelers are briefed in depth about how to behave appropriately when visiting local communities, so as not to offend local customs. If travelers want to bring gifts for the communities we administer these via the guide who can make sure they are appropriately distributed.
Travelers are also given guidelines on appropriate behaviour concerning photography; too many times this can cause offence, especially in more remote communities, and we emphasise that this is a two way process and should only be carried out with the consent of people being photographed.
We actively encourage our travelers to eat in local restaurants; not only does this provide a much more enjoyable and authentic experience than hotel meals but it helps to spread the benefits from tourism among small businesses in the area. We make a point of not staying in any government owned hotels but instead prefer to use those hotels which are independently owned.