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Six properties in Myeik get greenlight to build hotels

The Myanmar Investment Commission has given permission to six properties in Myeik archipelago in Thanintharyi Region to construct hotels, U Nyo Aye, director of the Hotels and Tourism Department in Tanintharyi, told The Myanmar Times.

Owners of the six properties, on Kyun Philar, Barlar, Phoe Ni, Wa Lal, 115 and Bo Nat Kyaw islands, will begin to build hotels as soon as they get permission from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, U Nyo Aye said.

The property on Wa Lal island is an investment by an American company and the other five properties are national investments, he said, adding that how soon they will be given permits by the ministry would depend on how fast they submit the required deocuments.

The Myanmar Investment Commission only permits tourism on 12 of the over 800 islands in Myeik archipelago in Tanintharyi.

The islands in the archipelago are characterized mainly by limestone and granite. They are generally covered with thick tropical growth, including rainforest.

The Victoria Cliff Resort in Nyaung Oo Phee island has already begun operations and a hotel project on Nga Khin Nyo Gyi island has applied for a hotel operation license, U Nyo Aye said.

“The hotel project on Nga Khin Nyo Gyi began construction without permission from the ministry. We hope more hotel rooms will be available for Tanintahryi tourism development after construction of these six properties,” he added.

According to ministry policy, every developer must secure a permit for hotel construction before applying for an operation license.

At present, Tanintharyi has 39 hotels and guest houses with 1525 rooms, and 67,647 foreign tourists visited the region in 2017, according to the minsitry.

“The number of tourists in 2017 increased compared to 2016, and we expect to attract more visitors in 2018,” U Nyo Aye said.

As of April 30, the ministry has granted licenses for 1648 hotels and guest houses with a total of 66,065 rooms. It has also given licenses to 2724 tour companies, 2576 transportation vehicles, 4522 national tours guides and 3446 regional guides.

U Phyo Wai Yarzar, advisor of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association, earlier urged regulators to make sure that there would be no overdevelopment in the area in order to ensure sustainable tourism.

For examle, he noted that 90 percent of the coral reefs on a famous island, Cock’s Comb, have been damaged by uncontrolled influx of visitors during the past two years.

Source: Myanmar Times

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