Magazine article New Internationalist

Boycott Lonely Planet!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Boycott Lonely Planet!

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Tourism is a major source of foreign exchange for Burma, despite the military regime's brutal human rights record. The junta has been actively promoting tourism since 1995. Since then more than a million people have been displaced by 'beautification' schemes near tourist attractions while others have been pushed aside for resorts and golf courses. The use of forced labour, including children, on these developments, has also been documented. That's why a new campaign is targeting the celebrated Lonely Planet series of guidebooks. Lonely Planet is now 75-per-cent owned by BBC Worldwide but the company has so far refused to withdraw the Lonely Planet Guide to Myanmar (Burma).

Any Burma guidebook implicitly promotes and encourages travel to the country as well as signalling to tourists that such travel can be done in an 'ethical' way. …

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