Tourism projects planned for Chin, Kayin and Taninthari

A view of Mount Kennedy in Tedim Township, Chin State (Photo-Aung Thu Tun-Kalay)
According to the National Export Strategy, plans are under way to implement a community-based tourism project in Chin and Kayin states and Taninthari Region, says Aung Soe, director-general of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Team under the Ministry of Commerce.
“In the National Export Strategy, we firstly carried out work on the tourism sector,” said Aung Soe said. “The capacity building initiative provided US$ 1.9 million aiming for implementation of the community-based tourism project that had been implemented in Kayah State since 2012.It  was successfully completed.”
The Kayah State Government Committee and other peace organizations participated in boosting of tourism industry in Kayah State.
“We filmed documentaries about Kayah State and then we competed in Berlin, Germany, where we got first prize for in the documentary category. Moreover, we were chosen to create another project for next year. However, we didn’t choose the place for the project.
“We don’t know whether the project will be implemented in Chin, Kayah States and Taninthari Region or not. It is under discussion,” said Aung Soe.
As the number of travellers from home and abroad increased in Chin State, most entrepreneurs are very keen to build hotels and resorts in Chin State. That’s why they are discussing the construction of hotels and resorts with the government, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission.
With the aim to boost community-based tourism industry in three major cities, Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung Townships of Taninthari Region, Ye Htut Naing, president of Taninthayi Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, reported that the Vice-President (1) led the 14th regular meeting with  Myanmar entrepreneurs held at the office of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.  They discussed a proposal from a business person who wanted to invest in the construction of hotels and resorts on beaches and forest-owned land.