Myanmar: Fewer visitors than expected this year

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According to Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the country has received fewer tourists than expected this year.

Although the numbers are higher than in 2014, the ministry had to lower its expectations of five million arrivals this year.

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The number has been lowered to four and a half million with only three months left of 2015.

The drop off is being blamed on the heavy rains and flooding that devastated Myanmar from June. Estimated profits are also being downgraded.

Tourists also appear cautious as countries, including the United States, are warning travellers that Myanmar might be unstable during the election period.

Director Myo Win Nyunt from the ministry said: “The numbers increased compared to last year but most of them are coming through the borders, not the airport.”

One million tourists arrived by air and over two million came from border gates which meant a total of 3.37 million tourist had visited by the end of September.