Voyages Jules Verne Announces Relaunch Of Burma Tours
Released on: April 28, 2011, 11:52 am
Voyages Jules Verne
Voyages Jules Verne (VJV) has announced the relaunch of its
tours to Burma (also known as Myanmar), following the reopening of
tourism to the country. The move has been endorsed by the Free Burma
Burma was the winner of the Wanderlust Travel Award 2011 for Best Emerging
Destination. This award recognises countries that were visited by relatively small
numbers of Wanderlust readers during the last year, but which gained very high marks
from those who did go. Burma holidays emerged at the top of the pile
and is a country that, in the past six months, has gone from being the world's most
controversial travel destination to, potentially, its most exciting.
Voyages Jules Verne is pleased to be able to offer again comprehensive 14-night
tours to Burma, including the remote cities of Mandalay and Pagan (Bagan) on the
banks of the Irrawaddy, and Rangoon (Yangon). Travellers looking to enjoy Far East
holidays can take in the breathtaking
sights that Burma has to offer including the amazing Pagodas of Pagan. Those taking
part in the tour of Burma with VJV will get to enjoy a private candle-lit dinner at
an exclusively reserved pagoda in Pagan.
David F. Pattison, Head of Product and Marketing at VJV said: "We were delighted to
hear that Aung San Suu Kyi had recently given her blessing to the return of tourism
to Burma but we still considered our position carefully before deciding to return to
the country. There will always be differing views about Burma but it is now felt
that the controlled entry of visitors will now help create and sustain jobs for
locals and boost the private economy. With communication and information previously
restricted, Burma is now more exposed to the outside world and opens up the
possibility of two-way exchanges between foreign visitors and the ordinary Burmese
It was 15 years ago that Burma's National League for Democracy (NLD) and its
leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, first called for a tourism boycott as a way of denying
foreign currency and moral legitimacy to the country’s military dictatorship. That
1996 declaration - vigorously upheld by pressure groups worldwide, including British
organisations Tourism Concern and Burma Campaign UK - meant that any visit to the
country was fraught with ethical complexity.
Following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November 2010, the
NLD announced that they were no longer opposed to all tourism, but only to
large-scale package tourism.
Senior NLD leader U Win Tin said: "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the
junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic,
moral - everything. But to have a very big cruise ship with hundreds of tourists
coming in - that's a lot of money for the regime, and so we don't like such big
The first VJV tour departs November 2011.
About Voyages Jules Verne:
Voyages Jules Verne was founded in 1978 and its range of product encompasses
longhaul and shorthaul, weekends and expeditions, the conventional and the
unexpected, a variety of themes and special interests - all underpinned by quality
and value for money. VJV offers tours to a number of exotic worldwide destinations
including India holidays, Costa Rica, China holidays and a
variety of European cities.
The tradition of innovation and creativity is still alive today and evidenced,
amongst others, by a unique direct charter operation to Aqaba, stays at a convent in
Rome, exclusive use of royal steamers for Nile River cruises, and a series of
special events exclusively arranged for VJV clients.
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