The head of the United Nations says he believes Myanmar's leader has one "last chance" to stop the mounting Rohingya crisis."If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I don't see how this can be reversed in the future," U. They're not officially considered citizens of any country and are largely shunned by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population.
The Rohingya people are a minority ethnic group in Myanmar.
While information about the new e-visa scheme is limited, it seems that applicants will not be required to meet any criteria to enter the country, nor will there be a cap on the number of visas granted."The government is trying to make it as convenient as possible for international visitors," says Khin Than Win, Director for Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Operators say there are enough decent vehicles and drivers in the major destinations to cover the volume of visitors for now, but they'll likely be caught short in the future.Plus, it isn't used to taking orders from outside its ranks, and that puts Suu Kyi in a tough spot.Perhaps a larger problem is the growth of Buddhist nationalism within Myanmar.Suu Kyi has been considered a human rights icon for more than 20 years, but on the issue of the Rohingya, she's mostly had a history of silence or denial.In a 2013 interview with the BBC, she said there was no ethnic cleansing happening to the Rohingya.On April 1, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism launched its e-visa website, which was designed to enable visitors to obtain an electronic visa within five working days.More than six months on it's still only running in a test format."Right now the plan is to make the e-visa available first for people in Southeast Asia -- so Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia -- and then make it available to everyone," says Tin Nwe Wynt, marketing manager at the Myanmar Marketing Committee. These include the lifting of sanctions, the release of political prisoners and the floatation of the Myanmar currency, which is currently trading at about 850 kyats (pronounced "chat") to the U. Investors will be encouraged to move into the market, companies in Myanmar will find it easier to do business and any moral or safety reservations that international visitors might have harbored about visiting Myanmar have disappeared. President Barack Obama's trip to Myanmar on Monday, the spotlight is shining brighter than ever on the once reclusive nation that over the last two years has embarked on a series of reforms following decades of repressive military rule. Obama's visit will add further impetus to the interest in Myanmar.In 2012, that figure is expected to rise to 500,000, and travel industry insiders are worried that the country's infrastructure won't be able to cope, especially during the peak months of November to March.Of the 25,358 hotel rooms nationwide, 8,152 are spread over Yangon's 193 hotels and guest houses.