Proposal for Tourism Industry Should be Submitted to Taninthayi Region

NAYPYITAW- A proposal to implement hotels and tourism industry in Salon Island, Kawthaung Township, Taninthayi Region, should be submitted to the Taninthayi Region Government Committee, Ohn Maung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism Industry told parliament on Wednesday.

Ohn Maung was replying to a question from Dr Khin Maung Win, MP of No. 11 Constituency of Taninthayi Region, about whether expansion of the hotel and tourism industry would be implemented in Kawthaung District that the Taninthayi

Government is now in the planning stage of identifying areas where additional hotel construction could take place on Salon Island, replied Ohn Maung.

Proposals to build hotels on Salon Island should be submitted to the Taninthayi regional government, he said. The Hotels and Tourism Ministry, could provide feasibility studies and provide advice to the private hotels and tourism associations including Myanmar Tourism Federation

Ohn Maung also noted that the Shambhala Company, which was known for breeding dolphins about 10 years ago, is no longer in that business.

Zochwell Myanmar Co Ltd, which had applied to use 39.96 acres (16.17 hectares), of farmland received permission through granting of a Form 7, in order to promote the hotel and tourism industry on Salon Island.

The ministry is now scrutinising applications for hotel and tourism facilities.

“Although a contract with a Malaysian based company was signed in 1993, it was terminated in 1997,” said Ohn Maung. “Likewise, the coastal region command headquarters had rented 20 acres on the Island to Shambhala Company to run a dolphin-breeding industry from 2001 to 2007. However, the company didn’t carry out the breeding tasks until the end of the six-year contract. That’s why a feasibility study should be carried out, seeking ways to settle the difficulties,” said Ohn Maung.

Plans are underway to organise private associations and entrepreneurs to build the tourism industry in the Myeik archipelago including Salon Island.

The Tint Tint Myanmar Group of Companies is opening a professional training School on Makjoun Galet Island with the aim that locals, including Salon residents, would produce and sell their traditional handicrafts, said Ohn Maung.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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