Burma Campaign singles out STA Travel for attack

The Burma Campaign kicked off its latest drive to pull holiday operators out of the South East Asian country this week when students staged protests outside STA Travel offices around the UK.

While STA does not promote travel to the country, it is a subsidiary of Swiss travel giant Diethelm Keller Group which pioneers tourism to Burma, according to the Campaign. A spokesman said: ‘If [STA] wants to deflect our campaign by saying that it is not promoting Burma it will not work. We are campaigning because [STA is] a subsidiary of a company that does [promote Burma].’

On Monday, students protested outside STA offices on university campuses and the next stage of the protest, led by campaign organiser Beth Brockett, is to forward motions to student unions asking their members to boycott STA.

An STA spokeswoman said: “STA does not promote travel to or through Burma.”

The Burma Campaign succeeded in getting seven tour operators to pull out

of Burma last year.

Burma borders Thailand, the richest country in South East Asia.

Opposition groups to the Burmese state have called for tourists not to visit the country because of fears that the revenue generated will fall into the hands of the dictatorial leaders.

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