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Myanmar govt mulls one island, one hotel rule in Myeik

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said there is an ongoing discussion among relevant offices on imposing a one hotel, one island rule in Myeik Archipelago in Tanintharyi Region, a senior official said.

U Nyo Aye, a director from the ministry, said findings from the ground inspections by relevant ministries were submitted during a meeting at the administrative capital of Nay Pyi Taw earlier in the month.

“Policy is not set yet. It is not decided yet. It is still in the process,” he said. “Feasibility has been submitted to the higher authority. A meeting will be called back if necessary,” he said.

The Myeik Archipelago is a famous destination for foreign investments and there are many applications to build resorts on the islands.

At present, in addition to natural resource discovery, conservation and security issues, there are difficulties in on-ground situations to allow one hotel on big islands, U Nyo Aye said.

“Currently, the costs are still high for visitors to get to Myeik Archipelago and the area still needs more boats, accommodations and other basic infrastructures,” said U Tun Oo, a tour operator. “I don’t think it is easy to buy a whole island but we can’t tell exactly as it is just beginning.”

Currently, the government permitted 10 companies to operate in 13 islands in Tanintharyi and there are hotel developments as well, said Tanintharyi Region’s Hotels and Tourism Ministry.

Myeik Archipelago is famous among tourists for being among the virgin destinations and attracted interest from foreign visitors, most of whom sail in yachts from neighbouring Thailand.

Among the more famous destinations in Myeik are the Trident Island, Tayel Island, Kyat Mauk Island, Lan Pi Island, Nyauk Oo Phi Island, Cave Done Island and Bo Cho Island. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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