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Anxieties are growing as a series of storms by Myanmar's young tourist industries, with appalling pictures of burned towns and Muslim Rohingya escaping from the armed forces' violent attacks in West Rakhine and triggering widespread indignation. More than half a million Rohingya, who had to escape to neighbouring Bangladesh in two month's time and witnessed murders, rapes and arsons committed by troops and Buddhaist groups, could put Myanmar's young tourist community back into its gloom.
Since the outbreak of the bloodletting at the end of August, there has been a flood of cancellation in the up-and-coming sector, preparing for the high tourist seasons in October. "Nearly all October and November travel was canceled because of the state of Rakhine instability," said Tun Tun Tun Tun Naing of New Fantastic Asia Travels and Tour, an agent that travels to the untouched shores and foggy seas of the luxuriant state.
"The majority of groups in Japan, Australia and other Asia mentioned safety issues, and some Europeans have made it clear that they have been blacklisted because of the human rights problem. "Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's head Aung San, has asked for an end to the Rohingya assassination, but so far she has neglected to strongly denounce the murders described by Louis Charbonneau, UN Director of Human Rights Watch, as an "ethnic sweep.
Charbonneau said there was a need for "strong UN measures to force Myanmar's intelligence agencies to end their ethnical purge campaigns. Yangon, a busy town known for its friable colorful architectural style, still boasts a few overseas visitors encircling the gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda that towers over the former capitol.
"It is very unfortunate to see what the countryside is becoming, our leader said to us that Muslims are a danger and that they are not Burmese," said Christine, a popular holidaymaker from France, who refused to give her family name. Myanmar’ young travel industry could return to the darkness of today’s junior day under army control as many travellers crossed the paria state to fill the bags of colonels who violently repressed people.
As a result, migratory flows of immigrants into areas that have remained unaffected by the explosion of human and tourist infrastructures elsewhere in the area, the West's penalties have been removed. Twenty-two per cent growth in visitor numbers in the first half of 2017 as against the preceding year, according to illustrations from the Ministry of Tourism, which is hoping to redouble the number of incoming visits per year by 2020 by 7. 5 million.
At the end of August, however, the state of Rakhine was on fire. Mrauk-U, an old capitol and sacred archeological site, is located a few hrs southwards of the Rakhine area. In the two month after the crises, the local people say that the place is empty of visitors who normally swarm around its wreck.
"Aung Soe Myint, the leader, said, "All those who make a living from the tourist industry are now unemployed.