OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Our objective is to maximize the positive experiences of tourism for our customers and local communities, while at the same time to minimize harmful social & environmental consequences.

At Shan Yoma, we strongly advocate sustainability & social responsibility policies, which extend to our employees, our business practices, our customers & our suppliers, so that our world will continue to be liveable for our children & enjoyed by our future generations.

Shan Yoma Travel and Tours is a 100% local Myanmar company and it has been in the travel industry for more than 20 years. Tourism has changed from being a service industry to one of offering travel experiences, whereby the traveler can access & experience the culture, ways of life, food and environments of the places they are visiting.

We believe that while we are very excited to share with our customers such travel experiences especially for our Golden Land of Myanmar, at the same time, we want to create & embrace a sustainable & socially responsible culture within our company & employees, which will extend to all our business practices, our customers & our suppliers.

We believe that upholding this value will go a long way towards attracting and retaining customers, suppliers & employees who are also socially responsible & concerned about sustaining our environments for future generations. For us, maintaining this eco-system is an important benchmark of what we count as our long-term business success.

Standard Operating Procedures in Employment

Shan Yoma Travel and Tours understands and abides employees’ rights and benefits which are mentioned in the Myanmar Labour Law.

Our employees have a safe and supportive working environment and the benefits consist of above the standard wages, incentives and increments yearly after the annual assessments. Our employees can take leave according to the leave policy i.e. sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, bereavement leave, etc. All public holidays and gazette holidays are also entitled. We ensure that our employees understand well, their job contracts, agreements, job descriptions, company disciplinary regulations and also standard operating procedures.

In our recruitment policy, we avoid discriminations based on gender, age, religion and race. We also do not employ any persons who are under age. We inform our code of conduct to our suppliers and partners to abide by Myanmar Labour Rules and Regulations and International Regulations on the Rights of Children.

We understand the value of employees, and how they contribute our company’s success. Therefore we always encourage them and give training internally or externally for their career development. The competency of our staff is one of the most important contributing factor to our success.

Internal Practices to instill good habits for Sustaining Our Environments

Shan Yoma Travel and Tours abides by practices that help reduce negative impacts on the environment, such as electricity management, water management, waste management, recycling and thus, we also regularly perform the maintenance services for our generators and machines. We share the knowledge of sustainable policies & practices to all our staff by holding meeting and monitoring progress of our practices, so that our staff becomes first become familiar with these practices, & then develop good habits to maintain such practices. To help remind & encourage our employees, we put posters related to sustainable and responsible policies & practices in our meeting room, staff room, dining room and toilet.

Contribution towards Local Communities

Shan Yoma Travel and Tours have been providing economic benefits to our local communities by:

  • Taking customers to local shops or markets to buy souvenirs, and changing the selected shops on a rotating basis, to maintain equity & fairness to the local merchants.
  • Recommending & bringing customers to food shops and restaurants which are locally owned, especially those that are new start-ups.
  • Providing customers with the opportunities to make their personal contributions to local conservation or social projects initiated by the local schools, clinics, farms, etc.

Caring for Animal Welfare

We care for animal welfare, by following the best practice guidelines for tourism businesses, as suggested by the relevant code of conduct such as ABTA’s Animal Welfare Minimum Requirements.

Long-term Commitment towards Sustainability and Responsibility

Since four years ago, from 2015, my team and with myself leading them, have actively participated in several activities which are related to responsible and sustainable tourism. We have attended the 4th National Conference on Communities and Tourism, workshops on Development of Marine Tourism in Goyangyi Island, Destination Management, and other product development workshops and training given by Travelife, for responsible and sustainable practices.

We also share our beliefs in sustainability & social responsibility with our partners, stakeholders, & suppliers, as well as encourage them to play an active part in this very important mission to help ensure that our world is livable and enjoyed by our future generations.

We believe that given our strategic position as a travel company of influence in Myanmar, Shan Yoma Travel & Tours, together with our employees, our customers, our partners & suppliers, can do our part in contributing to, and creating an active eco-system to help protect our environment and culture for our future generations, and to promote human dignity and the standards of living & employment conditions in the places that we do business in, especially in our Golden Land of Myanmar.

Hla Aye (Mr.)
Founder & Managing Director
Shan Yoma Travel and Tours

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