October 2017

Yangon, Myanmar
Wednesday 4 October 2017

Situation in Northern Rakhine state is slowly moving back to normality – how to support?


On the eve of Myanmar’s light festival (Thadingyut) it looks like the situation in Northern Rakhine state is slowly going back to normality with schools reopening, the first refugees ready to move back from Bangladesh to Northern Rakhine state and Myanmar informing the Bangladesh authorities and UN that people can return home during a visit from the Myanmar Union minister to Bangladesh.

A statement published by foreign ambassadors from 18 worldwide nations on 3 October condemn the ARSA attacks on 5 August and encourage the Myanmar government to enable a safe return of refugees. It all comes in a time when also Australia says that “Aung San Suu Kyi can’t be blamed”

Myanmar Tourism Marketing does feel sorry so many people have been suffering from this crisis, especially in a period that the festive season is starting with festivals like Thadingyut and the hot air balloon festival round the corner. “People tend to forget that Myanmar is a huge country and has many colourful festivals, beautiful beaches as well as stunning nature all over the country with many different tribes” says Ma May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson.

In earlier press releases Myanmar Tourism Marketing expressed its support for all displaced people in Northern Rakhine State and outside Rakhine and pointed out the country is safe to travel.

The Myanmar minister of Hotel & Tourism Mr Ohn Maung mentioned in an interview with TTG in March 2017: “I believe that by developing Community Based Tourism I can increase the number of new destinations and let tourists have a chance to get in touch with the local people to share in their knowledge, understand their culture and improve the socio-economic well-being of the local communities.”

Myanmar Tourism Marketing would like to call on people worldwide to support ALL people of any race, religion or ethnicity in a peaceful way and come and visit Myanmar now as this will help reducing the poverty all around the country and help to build a peaceful and stable society in Myanmar.

The country is heading towards its tourism high season and it’s an excellent time to get to know the people, the culture, the food and its beaches. We’re sure you will not regret it and have a wonderful time and realize that supporting this young democracy is the right thing to do now.

About Myanmar Tourism Marketing
Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) aims to promote Myanmar as a sustainable tourism destination that can be visited the whole year round. It is part of the Myanmar Tourism Federation and is mainly privately funded by key members of the tourism industry in Myanmar. The MTM team is happy to assist press and media to publish more about tourism in Myanmar. Visit www.myanmar.travel, www.tourismmyanmar.org and follow us on www.facebook.com/myanmartm

For editors & journalists
MTM is currently organizing media trips for publications that are interested to show the tourism side of Myanmar. Please do contacts if you are interested in a hosted media trip and let us know which angle of the story and which area you would like to cover.

Media queries and questions regarding this Press Release or future media trips or TV and film opportunities in Myanmar can be addressed to:

Htet Htet Lin – PR Officer
Myanmar Tourism Marketing
No. 204, Bo Myat Tun Road (Middle Block) Pazundaung Township
Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +959 977204456, 58, 59, 60
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