Tourism eyed with Hakha ho­tel

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI EI THU eiei­thu@mm­times.com

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.

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