Published on Friday, 23 August 2013 18:27
Almost all the hotels in the historic site of Mrauk U remain closed to business, according to travel agencies.
The ancient Buddhist ruins of Mrauk U in western Rakhine State have long been an attraction for tourists and locals. But visitors have been banned due to the sectarian violence that erupted in the region in 2012.
"Almost all hotels are closed because no visitors in Mrauk U. The expenses are not covered if we opened our business. We have only 2 or 3 visitors a week. The hotel industry in our town is not ok and other business related with tourism are also facing difficulty," said Kyaw Win, a local business owner.
Less local travellers visited Mrauk U last year also because of the conflict. In June last year, the government restricted travellers to visit Mrauk U. Although the restriction is now removed, only a few travellers travel there according to local tours agencies.
"Hotel industry as well as restaurants is not ok to run the business. The services such as cars and horse drawn carriages are stopped. The tourism industry will start life again if we have peace and stability in the state," said Nilar Win, a local from Mrauk U.
Mrauk U has about seven hotels for tourists from overseas and was used to tens of thousands of tourists annually before the conflict started in the state.
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