Tourism eyed with Hakha hotel
ANTICIPATING more visits from international NGO staff and hoping for foreign tourists, the Chin State government wants to build a hotel in Hakha. It would be the first in the state capital and just the fifth international-standard accomodation in the entire state.
State Development Minister Salai Isaac Khen told The Myanmar Times, “We are in negotiations with three interested local developers who have submitted proposals, and we are considering the locations they have suggested for siting the hotel.”
About 10 development-related NGO visitors a month come to Hakha for talks with the state government, but they have nowhere to stay. A dearth of hotels statewide also constricts the state’s tourism potential, said Salai Isaac Khen.
“We must ensure hotel facilities for the development of tourism, or the visitors won’t come . ... We don’t want to miss out on the business because visitors feel they aren’t getting what they want,” he said.
Developers interested in building a hotel in Hakha have to submit proposals by the end of August because construction work must begin at least six months before the high season, he said.
“We will grant permits to those who can start work in October as the basic requirement of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism rules and regulations. Applicants must have a strong background and reputation,” he added.
Ministry regulations stipulate that a hotel must have at least 20 rooms. Applicants are expected to propose hotels with no less than 40 rooms for 80 persons, he said.
“Chin State has the potential for successful tourism. We’re implementing a destination management plan in Kanpetlet township and we have a plan to build a road connecting Kalay [in Sagaing Region], Falam and Hakha [both in Chin State] in 2017,” said Salai Isaac Khen.
There are three insternationalstandard hotels in Mindat township and one in Kanpetlet township, with those four covering the whole of Chin State’s offerings, according to the tourism ministry.