Friday, August 18, 2017

10 hotels to rise in Myeik archipelago

Developers are set to construct 10 hotels in Myeik archipelago to accommodate the increasing number of number of tourists in the region, a senior tourism official said.

The 10 hotels, with a total of 438 rooms, have been given initial approval by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), according to U Myo Myint, director of Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.

These hotels will be built in 12 of the over 800 islands in the archipelago, he said.

“We already received the developers’ proposals for Myeik archipelago but we could not yet give the permit to start construction because we need final confirmation from the regional government and the MIC, “U Myo Myint told The Myanmar Times.

The developers include three joint venture companies, one foreign company from Singapore and three six local companies, said U Myo Myint.

At present, there are only 36 hotels with 1451 rooms in the whole archipelago, which is not enough amid the rising number of visitors, U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation, told The Myanmar Times in a previous interview.

“That room number is not enough if we want to develop the tourism. We need more rooms, diving camps and diving schools,” he said.

Travelers usually go on island hopping to enjoy the natural scenery and to go fishing, U Yan Win said, adding that the entry of more tourists can create a lot of job opportunities for local residents.

The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism said over 140,000 tourists visited the archipelago as of April 30 this year.