Jun 1, 2015

Myanmar concentrates on the southern islands

YANGON: As stated by the Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 26 joint ventures and local companies are waiting for the approval from Government on the new hotel projects in Mergui Archipelago.

Currently, the Myanmar Investment Commission is inspecting 6 joint ventures and 20 local firms which are going to build resorts on the archipelago’s pristine islands, the Irrawaddy media reported.

The majority of the plans require the only one hotel on each island.

The two joint ventures named Moe Kant & Kyaw Win Phyo along with its foreign partners - United Resorts have already obtained the approval for building on Kyun Phila island and Ngakhin Nyogyi island.

Mr. Aung Zaw Win, the general director of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism stated that: “Many companies have applied to set up hotels in the Myeik [Mergui] islands since 2011, when the new government took office.”

The Mergui Archipelago possesses 800 islands spanning a total area of 10,000 square miles in the South of Myanmar.

As released by the Government in 2013, the tourism plan listed the archipelago as the prior area. If the plan comes off, it is sure to attract numerous holiday – goers and ecotourists.

However, the infrastructure which consists of electricity and water on the archipelago is in really poor condition. It would require a decade to develop the islands to the point which they can compete with those resorts in Thailand.


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