Tour Operators Stand Watch as Asian Monsoon Crisis Unfolds
PHOTO: The heavy monsoons that have hit Myanmar, pictured, have had minimal impact on interest in tours to the area. (Photo by Janeen Christoff)
Tour operators who operate tours to Asia are watching closely the monsoons and heavy rains that have hit Southeast Asia, causing the deaths of hundreds of people and the uprooting of millions more in India and Myanmar.
For most tour operators contacted by TravelPulse.com, it is now the low season for travel in the region, so the impact on their operations is not immediate.
But by the nature of the tour business, tour operators are deeply involved in the destinations they offer to the public. While they may have dodged the bullet in terms of short-term damage to their operations, they remain deeply concerned with the ongoing and potential future impact of the crisis on the destinations affected.
“Right now both destinations [India and Myanmar] are in low season so there is no immediate impact,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five Tours. “What we are watching closely is the recovery from the damage. That is key to limiting the impact in these destinations.”
Richard Krieger, president of Isramworld, told TravelPulse.com that the interest of their customers in travel to the region has not been affected.
“Although we are receiving calls, right now, the weather situation has not affected our business, as this is not our peak season for these regions,” said Krieger. “For those we do have traveling, our ground operators have reported no interruption in service.”
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