Villa Inle Resort and Spa believes that tourism in Inle lake should build a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship between tourists, business and the local communities who are living and working around the Inle Lake region. We want to play a role in providing financial benefits for local people through employment, local purchasing and delivering opportunities for our guests to support local business. We will help to preserve the many cultures, religions and traditions that exist around Inle for future generations, as well as educate our guest about them. We deeply care about the social welfare of our community and the protection of our shared natural environment to make better places to live and better places to visit.
- • To provide fair employment for local communities, be supportive of local hospitality training initiatives and provide internships for local youth.
- • To encourage local purchasing of goods and services, where service, price and quality are delivered.
- • To provide financial assistance through donations to the local community for the preservation of local culture and traditions.
- • To build relationships with the local community, to ensure regular consultations are in place to develop positive relations and prevent any conflict.
- • To deliver educational programmes to improve production and sale of local souvenirs that the hotel can buy and promote to our guests.
- • To promote and educate our guests on local culture, responsible behavior and how they can support local businesses.
- • To deliver social development projects including;
- o The regular maintenance for the local transformer and school fence in Pay Pin Village which were donated by Villa Inle.
- o The regular maintenance of the roof and gate way of the par New village Monastery which were donated by Villa Inle.
- o The regular maintenance for the tube well, electric motor & pump, storage tank etc in Mee Thwe Poke village which were donated by Villa Inle.
- o Funding of two primary school teachers in the local Pay Pin School.
- o The distribution of social education books to the community through tea shops, Beer stations and pubs and other public areas.
- o Donate refrigerators for blood storage at Nan Pan general hospital.
- o English Language classes and hotel tours for local village children during the low season to help them with language skills and promoting the opportunities tourism has to offer.
- o A local education programme about the issues and dangers of child exploitation that may be linked to Tourism development in the area.
- o Displaying Unicef ‘s “ Orphans are not tourist attraction “ flyer at the reception.
- o Funding of a local reforestation projects.
- o Planned donation of a library and play ground for the Pay Pin school in 2017.
- o Planned Hand wash campaign at the school using hand soap stands attached to play grounds.
- o Planned Donation of a building to shelter the waste burning machine in Maing Thauk in December 2016.
- o To finish translating the website of the Code (www.thecode.org) into Myanmar Language in April 2017 .
- • Annually donate 2% of our annual income to local projects.
- o These donations will support a range of projects, ranging from health and education programmes to promotion of environmental and cultural preservation around the Inle Lake area. We will work closely with the local community, local NGOs and local businesses to ensure our donations are well spent.
- • To increase the number of local people in our workforce to a level which is higher than the present ratio of 70%.
Measurements – Per annum.
- • Number of projects supported.
- • Financial donations made to local projects.
- • Ratio of local staff to others.
- • Staff turnover.
- • Number and value of local suppliers in each year.
- • Number of environmental and cultural preservation educational sessions organised for tourists and the community.
- • Number of community consultations, meetings and engagements.
Aung Ko Ko