|Media Release from
Burma Campaign UK
For immediate release 3 February 2004
ORIENT EXPRESS EXPAND BURMA INTERESTS
Orient Express challenge British government policy on Burma
The Burma Campaign UK has condemned news that Orient Express has
invested in Hosia Company of Hong Kong. Hosia owns the Pansea Hotel
chain, which includes the Pansea Yangon Hotel, situated in Burma's
capital. Orient Express also has an option to purchase 100 percent
of Hosia equity. Pansea Hotels is also considering building another
hotel in Burma.
"Orient Express are behaving disgracefully," said Yvette
Mahon, Director of the Burma Campaign UK. "By expanding their
interests in Burma they will be helping to fund Burma's brutal military
Orient Express's decision also represents a major challenge to
British government policy on Burma. The government has called on
companies not to trade with Burma, and specifically called on travel
companies to pull out of the country.
"Orient Express must be stopped. If the British government
are serious about stopping trade and tourism to Burma, they must
introduce an investment ban now,' said Yvette Mahon. "Words
are not enough when it comes to immoral companies like Orient Express."
Orient Express already feature on the Burma Campaign UK's 'Dirty
List' as they operate a 'Road to Mandalay' cruise in Burma.
Tourism is a vital source of income for the dictatorship in Burma,
providing it with millions of pounds every year. The regime spends
forty percent of its annual budget on the army. The British government
wrote to British travel companies in July 2003, asking them to pull
out of Burma.
For more information Mark Farmaner, Media Officer, on 020 7324 4713,
mobile 0794 123 9640, or Yvette Mahon, Director of the Burma Campaign
UK, on 020 7324 4714, mobile 07957 301 346.
Media and Campaigns Officer
Burma Campaign UK
28 Charles Sq