Recent violence may affect MraukU tourism

Than Hlaing
Ancient pagodas in MraukU region.


International attention to the recent events in Rakhine State may be impacting on tourism in MraukU region.
Recent terror attacks in northern Rakhine State may have an impact on tourism in MraukU region, according to local tour guides. 
Ko Tun Nay Win, a tour guide from MraukU Township said: “Only a few tourists are visiting the region at a time when the travel season is about to kick off. The region usually receives around 5,000 tourists every year.”
Given the conflict in the region, “the number of tourists is expected to go down,” Ko Tun Nay Win said.
“I think tourists will not visit the region as tourist destinations are coded red by the government. Tourists don’t want to visit the region as they assume there may be suicide bombings. So there is no hope for tourism during this year.”
Zaw Myint, a tour guide said: “The region may see a decline in tourism due to the situations in northern Rakhine State. Tourists will not face any disruption as peace and stability is restored along MraukU-Sittwe road. People can visit MraukU and Sittwe.” 
The region has several attractions that draw tourists in more peaceful times. People fly to Sittwe and then proceed to MraukU overland and by sea. Tourists visit ancient regions, Laymyo creek and Chin ethnic villages.
Translated by Myo Than