As visitors numbers to Burma increase, couples are reminded to plan their honeymoons ethically
After the Burmese National League for Democracy raised its full
tourism boycott in November 2010, visitor numbers to the country
have boomed. In 2011, Burmese immigration issued some 300,000 visas
- 30% more than the previous year.
Burma has been named one of the hotest destinations of 2012 and the visitors are flocking to the country. Wanderlust awarded Burma fourth place in the 'Top Country' category in their annual Travel Awards.
At the moment, the little-visited country is a place of traveller's dreams; full of red-robed monks, gracious British colonial relics and romantic teak monuments. However, charities like Tourism Concern are keen to encourage visitors to remember to travel to Burma ethically to preserve the integrity of these monuments and the welfare of the people.
Mark Watson, Executive Director at Tourism Concern, reminds couples considering Burma as a honeymoon destination that "the NLD states that a boycott on package tours and other large tourism operations, such as cruise ships, should remain... such tourism is of limited social and economic benefit to most Burmese, while potentially accruing greater revenue for the ruling junta."
He continues: "Many government figures have stakes in the tourism industry. Tourism Concern advises that people travel independently and ensure that they stay in small, locally owned accommodation, making use of available advice on regime-owned establishments, and using only independent guides."
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