The Travelife Partner award was received by Myanmar Shalom Travels in 2019 December. The award is recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of Myanmar Shalom Travels regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
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“There are those who travel but never really arrive. Those who visit a place but never know the people. Travel is so much more when you get closer to life and how it is lived.” With Myanmar Shalom Travels you will be able to experience an authentic experience of Myanmar.
Myanmar Shalom Travels complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally recognised as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. Myanmar Shalom Travels is the 32nd company in Myanmar to have reached the Travelife Partner award.
Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner Myanmar Shalom Travels will inspire other companies in Myanmar to follow the same path”.
Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including ABTA, The British Travel Association and PATA, the Pacific Asian Travel Association.
“At Myanmar Shalom we are committed to grow our business in a sustainable manner. We aim to maximize the positive effects of tourism on individuals and local communities, while minimizing negative social, environmental and economic impacts. As a local based company, we are focused on to the benefits that tourism can bring positive impact to Myanmar and its people.” said Sammy Samuels, founder of Myanmar Shalom Travels
Myanmar Shalom has been active in Giving Back to the Community (CSR) project and has been helping villages from Kalaw to Inle that use for trekking route to make destinations better places for people to live in and for traveler to visit. In 2016 Myanmar Shalom Travels has assisted funding to build class room for remote village in Bagan area and provide school supplies to over 300 students.
Myanmar Shalom supports financial assistant and restoration to over 130 years old Yangon only Synagogue, one of the heritage buildings and top tourist attraction in Yangon. Through their efforts, in June 2016, the synagogue was recognized by the Yangon Heritage Trust and the Yangon Regional Government as a historically significant building. A blue plaque was installed to remember the Jewish community who lived in Yangon for many generations and to recognize the diverse faiths still alive in the city.
Myanmar Shalom has sponsored interfaith events and advocate for a better understanding between different faiths and peoples and support in dialogue with leaders from different communities. A growing number of Shalom programs incorporate a ‘Giving Back’ provide the local areas we visit with the necessary tools and education to improve their lives for generations ahead.