August 19, 2016

Ngapali Beach in need of infrastructure improvements

A view of Ngapali Beach.
A view of Ngapali Beach.

“ALTHOUGH Ngapali beach has received an increase in domestic visitors, the growth is slower than in Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beaches,” a businessman said.
Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Located on the Bay of Bengal in Kyaukphyu Township, Rakhine State, its main feature is an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast, with a number of resorts spread out beside traditional fishing villages.
The beach is ranked 8th on TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Locals say they want the government to improve hotels and service facilities in the area with the aim of attracting international visitors.
“Transportation plays an essential part in tourism development,” a tour operator said, adding that the country needs to focus on infrastructure development and better services.
Myanmar has seen a massive influx of tourism year on year for the last several years.
According to the ministry’s Master Plan (2013-2020), tourist arrivals are estimated to hit 7.49 million by 2020.
There are over 1,000 hotels with nearly 50,000 rooms across the country, according to official figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The World Travel and Tourism Council estimated that Myanmar will top the list of tourism development sites in the future.—SM/Union Daily


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