Building projects of tourism-related facilities are being implemented on six islands in the Myeik Islands, also known as Mergui Archipelago, Tanintharyi Region according to an official of Kawthaung Division of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
“Currently, there is a hotel on Nyaung-Oo-Phee Island which has been in operation since six months ago. Some tourism-related facilities including hotels are being built on these six islands. Right now, we cannot exactly say when these projects will be done and how many rooms they will have when done. There will be an increase in the number of hotel rooms and that will be helpful to travellers.
This area is receiving more travel arrivals year by year,” said the official.
Regarding permissions for construction of the facilities on the islands: Kyunfila, Barlar, Phoeni, Walat, One One Five and Bonetkyaw, he added that six investors had submitted applications for the relevant permissions to the ministry and whether permission is granted or not depends on the documents attached in their applications.
It is learnt that six investors, five locals and a US company, are carrying out the projects on the said islands.
Myeik Islands consist of 800 islands of which a small number of islands can be visited by travellers. The said projects might also be helpful for creating job opportunities for local people.According to the ministry, presently, Tanintharyi Region has some 40 hotels and guesthouses with about 1500 rooms in total and the area received about 70,000 travellers last year.Despite being popular among foreign travellers as it is an attractive destination of islands, the long distance and high expenses are a barrier causing lower arrival numbers of local travellers