Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Myanmar News  >> Tourism  >> Tourists cancelling Myanmar trips due to bomb blasts
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   21 October 2013  

Tourists cancelling Myanmar trips due to bomb blasts

Due to bomb blasts and the discovery of unexploded bombs in Yangon and Mandalay in recent days, some tourists planning to visit Myanmar have either cancelled or postponed their plans, travel companies said.

However, the exact number for delayed or cancelled trips were not available, but travel agencies said that they included solo travellers, or those with family or in group tours.

“Some travellers who are worried have delayed or cancelled their trips. I heard the news from travel agencies. If the incidents stop, the tourism industry will not be affected seriously," said Zaw Win Cho, chairperson of the Myanmar Tour Guide Association.

But experts said last week’s bombing incidents could affect tourist arrivals in the coming high season. It is expected that about 2 million tourists will visit Myanmar in peak season.

“It is understandable that tourists would fear for their lives. A bomb exploded even in a bathroom of the luxury Traders Hotel. No one would travel to a place where one’s life could be in danger,” said Aye Kyaw, an executive for the Myanmar Travel Association.

“Just now, I’ve heard that tourists in Mandalay turned around and went home right at Mandalay Airport, after hearing the Yangon bombing news. I think other hotels face the same situation. In my opinion, independent travellers are bound to leave due to bombing or bombs found in few of Myanmar cities. Those who planned to visit Myanmar within one or two days will not come, and those coming in one or two months will also cancel their trips due to the bomb blasts. Even if they are willing to come, their families or relations will stop them.”

Rumours have circulated that tourists staying at prominent Yangon hotels, including Traders, are leaving for safer places or going back home. However, no hotels reached by Eleven Media would confirm those rumours.

“In our hotel, the arrival and departure of visitors is regular. But we have tightened hotel security,” said an official from Sedona Hotel in Yangon.

Likewise, an official at Traders Hotel where the bomb blast occurred said the inflow and outflow of guests has been regular, and Traders is carrying out its security together with government officials.

For the first time in Myanmar, the total for this year’s tourist’s arrivals reached nearly 500,000 by September. About 2,000 travellers arrive at Yangon International Airport every day, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The ministry estimates that depending on circumstances, nearly 2 million tourists could visit Myanmar this year.

Bomb blast incidents to date, including Yangon and other locations, are as follows: Chan Myae guest house in Taungoo on October 11; Sawbwargyigon high bus terminal in Yangon, and Yamonnar Road between Dawbon and Thatkayta Townships, on October 13; Traders Hotel in Yangon on October 14; the Shwe Pyae Sone hotel in Sagaing and Soon U Ponenyashin Pagoda, in the Sagaing Hills, on October 15.--Eleven Media Group

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories   21 October 2013 Subsribe Now !
• Rupiah enjoys bullish week,ready for 10,000 per dollar Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Myanmar constitution must be changed before 2015 polls: Suu Kyi Asean Affairs Premium
• PM Lee emphasises importance of raising pre-school standards
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

• Rice farmers losing out on production profits
• Property market shows upward trend
• Tourists cancelling Myanmar trips due to bomb blasts
Asean Analysis          21 October  2013 Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis- October 21, 2013
China's Charm Offensive Signals A New Strategic Era In Southeast Asia
Asean Stock Watch     18 October  2013
• The Biweekly Update 18 October 13 • Asean Stock Watch-October 18

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand