August 19, 2016

Future of Myeik Archipelago’s eco-tourism sector to depend on regional government

The development of eco-tourism initiatives in southern Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago will reportedly depend on the standing of regional government towards the calling of investment, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has announced.
The granting of government permission to implement eco-tourism projects, with both local and foreign investment, will reportedly develop regions of the archipelago as eco-tourism initiatives mitigate side-effects to the natural environment.
“[Plans] are in place to promote [eco-tourism] in new holiday destinations in the Myeik Archipelago as well as in existing tourist regions of the country. Furthermore, if the eco-projects are directly beneficial to local residents, then they will be permitted by the government,” said U Aung Naing Oo, director of the MIC.
Begun in 2015, the drawing up of a nationwide Eco-Tourism Plan will be completed this year in accordance with current legislation and laws.
The Department of Forestry and Ministry of Hotels and Tourism are reportedly working together to expand eco-tourism to corners of Myanmar which presently receive little to no tourists.
“The numbers of tourists visiting Myanmar is augmenting year upon year. That’s why we’re expanding the eco-tourism projects. We’ll also make it possible to survey the country’s flora and fauna in order to protect natural wildlife,” said U Tint Thwin, director of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The pristine natural beauty of one of Southeast Asia’s last untouched groups of islands is an attractive business opportunity for foreign investors as well as domestic entrepreneurs. Some other destinations around the country earmarked for ecotourism development include the Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp in Yangon Region and Khakaborazi National Park in the northern most frontiers of the country which surrounds Myanmar’s highest peak.
A total of 4.7 million foreign tourists streamed into Myanmar through its international airports during last year’s 2015-16 fiscal year, while estimates put this year’s figures at reaching 5.5 million.— Myitmakha News Agency


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