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May 29, 2020

Myeik Archipelago’s potential for sustainable tourism

Taninthayi Region where the Myeik, or Margui, Archipelago is located has prospects for the development of tourism. The Myeik Archipelago, which forms a part of the Myanmar coastline, comprises more than 800 unspoiled islands with coral reefs, sea grass, mangroves, and large clay mud, and serves as a habitat for a variety of aquatic animals.
The sea-faring Salon ethnic people are also becoming popular on tourist itineraries.
Those who wish to invest in the tourism sector in the islands are required to follow the dos and don’ts set by the authorities.
The government, on its part, should preserve the traditional culture of the local communities and allow investment which guarantees sustainable development without damaging the natural environment.
All the Myeik islands lie in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of southern Myanmar. Since 2016, the natural, unspoiled islands have become increasingly popular among international tourists, most of whom enter them through neighboring Thailand.
To ensure environmental conservation and sustainable development, investment in the tourism industry needs to incorporate three things — desire, knowledge, and skill.
There are several beautiful places in the Myeik Archipelago, but we haven’t taken people there yet. The new designation will create job opportunities for the local people.
Motorboat tourists from Asia, Africa, and some European countries enjoy visiting the Myeik Archipelago for its beautiful landscapes along the coast, such as coral reefs, mangroves and a diverse species of birds and aquatic animals and the traditional culture, such as the life of the Salon, also known as sea gypsies, a sea-faring ethnic minority
It is very rare to find such kind of unspoiled natural environment in the world. Hence, investment in the islands should focus on sustainable development.
Existing projects should be monitored with a view on sustainable development of the destinations.
Meanwhile, governmental departments should draw a master plan for trips to the islands and for the development of the Myeik Archipelago with a commitment to sustainable tourism practices to preserve, protect, and promote the local culture, environment, and economies of the islands.

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