Rakhine state Tourism

State of Rakhine Tourism

Rendez-Vous International Travel's U Soe Myint said his company no longer offers packages for Rakhine State, despite frequent requests from tourists. "Rakhine is usually a secondary destination and we use it to balance the burden of visitors to the classic destinations (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake). Ngapali's famous pristine beach is located in the state of Rakhine and stretches along the Bay of Bengal. Many luxury hotels are available for tourists and locals. Rangoon - Foreign media coverage of the situation in the state of Rakhine is contributing to a decline in foreign tourist arrivals, with some visits already cancelled, said Myanmar Tourism Federation vice-chairman on Thursday.

State of Rakhine

The Rakhine State is a state of Myanmar. It borders Chin State to the south, Magway Division, Bago Division and Ayeyarwady Division to the south, the Bay of Bengal to the south and Chittagong Division of Bangladesh to the south. The latitude is approximately between 17°30' N latitude and 21°30' N and E longitude 92°10' E longitude and 94°50' E longitude.

Arakan Yoma, which stands at 3,063 metres on Victoria Peak, divides the state of Rakhine from Myanmar itself. Ngapali's renowned pristine beaches are located in the state of Rakhine and stretch along the Bay of Bengal. It' known for its pure, aquablue waters and sand beaches. Many luxurious accommodations are available for local people and visitors.

Kanthaya's south shore can be accessed by street from Ayeyarwaddy. The Mrauk U, or the antique town of the Rakhine dynasty, is also a favourite target in this state.

Myanmar Tourism Federation says Rakhine crises damage the tourism sector

Rangoon - International press reports on the Rakhine state are helping to reduce the number of international tourists arriving, with some trips already canceled, said Myanmar Tourism Federation vice-chairman on Thursday. Khin Aung Tun pointed out that some travelers were also put off by government agencies.

This includes Britain, which has discouraged all trips to Rakhine, with the exception of its suburban areas, with the exception of Thandwe, where the beloved Ngapali is. Approximately 370,000 Muslims have escaped from Rakhine to Bangladesh since the army started an insurgent reaction to a number of co-ordinated assaults by Muslim fighters on 25 August.

Rohingya outbreak and the spreading human rights crisis in Bangladesh and North Rakhine, where violent events had stopped the delivery of human assistance, have drawn much publicity from the world' s major political and public service organizations, Khin Aung Tun said to Frontier. MTF members had been receiving many requests from customers and business associates as to whether the land was secure for tourism, Khin Aung Tun said.

"We responded that only three cities in Rakhine state were affected by recent incidents, while the whole land is traveling safely," he said. Though some tour operators had suspended reservations in conflict-ridden areas of Rakhine, Ngapali and the old capitol Mrauk-U remained favorite tourist locations for overseas travellers, said U Kaung Sithu, marketing director at Yangon-based 7Days Trav. & Tours Co.

"Foreign nationals, especially Germans, are still coming to Ngapali and Mrauk-U because these areas are not affected by the conflict," he said to Frontier on 13 September. "We don't see that it (Rakhine situation) has much influence on the tourism industry," said Kaung Sithu. Stefan Scheerer, Khiri Travel's Deputy General manager, said the Rakhine disaster is having an increasingly adverse effect on journeys to other parts of Myanmar that remain tranquil.

"Despite the still closed areas for tourism, Myanmar remains one of the most secure places for travellers," Scheerer said in an e-mail conversation with Frontier on September 13. "We are all hoping that this will soon lead to a peace settlement for all concerned," he said. The tour organizers are hoping that the problem will soon be solved.

"The longer the economic downturn continues, the greater the effects on the country," Khin Aung Tun said.

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