Defining Responsible Tourism in the Myanmar Context
Three Treasures Tourism in Bagan has adopted the Cape Town Declaration definition of Responsible Tourism which encourages the industry to take responsibility for making tourism more sustainable and demonstrate their responsibility.
The Cape Town Declaration recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:
- minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes;
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
- provide access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged;
- is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
Improving Local Livelihoods Through Inclusive Tourism
Responsible tourism is a tool that can improve livelihoods and make local communities more cohesive, resilient, and sustainable. We offer once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that support local communities in a way that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Mass tourism can be incredibly destructive to local culture, economies and ecosystems. However, some local communities are aware of the problem and eager to participate in more responsible alternatives when shown a business model that allows them to provide for their needs. Better still: discerning travellers can be part of the solution. By participating in responsible, community-based tourism, you support the preservation of culture and livelihoods of at-risk communities living in these remote, beautiful and well-preserved rural areas.
Your tour is responsible and community-based if it:
- combines natural and cultural appreciation with the daily life of rural communities
- promotes productive and sustainable practices
- adapts to rural life and preserves the welcoming, relaxed and rustic atmosphere of the countryside
- is supported by local initiatives and stakeholders, strengthening local capacity and development
- employs local people, fairly distributing benefits and opportunities
Our goal is to introduce a range of tourism activity and experience products to the market that are not currently available in areas around Bagan and Mt. Popa such as meditation, cooking, crafting, biking, trekking and local ecology tours and classes.
Our strategy is to work together with residents, farmers and craftsmen in local villages in the Bagan area to collaboratively develop unique and responsible tourism experiences and activities for visitors that support community dignity, values, and development goals. This builds the capacity of locals to participate in the tourism economy while also managing risk and reducing operating costs for the business.
Working in cooperation with non-profit organizations and aid agencies, our goal is to develop a shared training infrastructure that will benefit stakeholders by creating new income opportunities for participants as well as new products and market access for their cultural and environmental assets.