Travel in Burma has been given the all-clear by Responsible Travel, which has lifted its ban after the leading pro-democracy group changed its stance on tourism to the country.

Burma’s National League for Democracy, founded by long-imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has released a statement saying that it now welcomes responsible tourism.

As a result, Responsible Travel has allowed Burma holidays to be featured on its website for the first time in the company’s history.

Justin Francis, founder and managing director of Responsible Travel, said:

“Right from our start in 2001 we’ve upheld a ban on tourism to Burma based on the request made by Aung San Suu Kyi for tourists not to visit. I am aware that many tourism businesses, of all types, are now keen to develop tourism in Burma.

“The message from Aung San Suu Kyi is clear – she only wants respectful tourism and is interested to see responsible tourism develop in Burma.

“So we are welcoming to our collection those Burma holidays and companies who operate responsibly in the region and work to establish deep connections that benefit local economies and preserve cultures against the potential harms of tourism.”

A statement from Burma’s National League for Democracy said: “The NLD would welcome visitors who are keen to promote the welfare of the common people and the conservation of the environment and to acquire an insight into the cultural, political and social life of the country while enjoying a happy and fulfilling holiday in Burma.”

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