Heavy rains and part of cyclone Komen hit Myanmar in July 2015 and flood occurred in some parts of Myanmar and so the number of pilgrims will be decreased, per source of Local Pilgrims and Tourism Service Association. At present, heavy rain and storm resist any longer and flooded areas become normal. The catastrophic areas are communicated, announced by the Government.
“The number of local travellers depends on Taung Pyone festival. The festival is popular among travellers. Currently, we are unable to expect the number of local travellers. After the Taung Pyonel, we can estimate the figure. Anyway, the number is down more than we expect,” said the Chairman U Myo Gyi of the Association. “During last years, we served travellers with five or more cars. This year, even three cars are scared to get full passengers. It includes flood disaster. Some regular travellers are still considering for trips. Even some spirit necromancers don’t come. This is an evil year for local tourism,” he continued to explain.
Since 2013, local pilgrimage is thriving and local pilgrimage tourism companies offer service competitively and bus plying for pilgrimage has changed with high standard bus. The number of local pilgrims was about 1.1 million in 2010 turning to 3.6 million in 2013.
The Hotels and Tourism Ministry grants tourism license and addresses for bus stop stations.
Source : Traveller (From Aug 31 to Sept 6 ) Vol 3, No 12