17th September, 2012 - Posted by Malia Everette - 3 Comments
Global Exchange is excited to announce our newest Reality Tours destination… Burma!
Aung San Suu Kyi is now free, over 6,000 political prisoners have been released, and sociopolitical change is slowly engaging the nation.
Community organizations and businesses are encouraging travelers to support the democracy movement and the national economy now that the travel boycott has ended.
Finally Reality Tours can travel to Burma in good conscience and engage with people as citizen diplomats. We hope you will consider joining us in 2013.
Some of what you’ll experience on a Reality Tour trip to Burma:
- Journey to important historical and cultural sites (Shwedagon Pagoda, the pagodas of Pagan, the ancient cities around Mandalay, U Bein Bridge, etc.).
- Dialogue with opposition leaders and former political prisoners, human rights advocates and members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy.
- Engage with artists, craftspeople, farmers and educators to hear their hopes for the future. Our local guides will offer unprecedented access to local people and groups.
- Explore how Burma will face a burgeoning tourism industry, and question who will reap the benefits of a vibrant tourist industry.
Ethical tourism can offer a much needed boost to Burma’s economy while contributing to community development. We will explore this issue by partnering with The Ethical Traveler on this trip, and one of its representatives will help facilitate these important relationship building tours.
Hope to experience Burma with you!
We hope you are able to join us on our first year of building people to people ties in Burma. A trip-of-a-lifetime just waiting to happen.
Posted on: September 17, 2012