Chin State eyes tourism
The Chin State government is greenlighting seven hotel projects this year and three community-based tourism initiatives.
THE Chin State government is offering investors opportunities in hotels and community-based tourism projects in an effort to improve economic development in one of the country’s poorest areas.
According to the state government there will be seven hotel projects across Tiddim, Falam, Hakha and Paletwa towships this year. The authorities have already chosen the investors for the two Hakha’s hotel projects, Salai Isaac Khen, state minster for development affairs, electricity and industry told The Myanmar Times. But he declined to give names. Chin State has only three international-standard hotels at present, two in Mindat township and one in Kanpetlet township, according to the tourism ministry.
Salai Isaac Khen said that only seven hotel projects are planned at present, although there could be more in the future. The government is also implementing three communitybased tourism (CBT) projects this year in accordance with the Chin State government’s strategy plan, he added.
These are based in Tiddim, Falam and Kanpetlet townships.
Developing the tourist sector will take at least five years and require several longer-term projects, Salai Isaac Khen said, adding that the government aims for at least three CBT projects a year in the coming years.
“We need technical support and organisations to help promote Chin State tourism,” he said, adding that the state government had already selected Friends of Nature Travel and Tours company for the Falam township project, but had not picked a partner for the Tiddim initiative.
“There are a lot of beautiful places in Chin State but we haven’t taken people there because transportation is so bad,” he said. “Chin State will be good for adventure tours.”
The state government is already implementing an initial CBT project in Saw Loung village at Kanpetlet township near Natmataung National Park. This is backed by Action Aid Myanmar, which will guide the process and offer suggestion.
Forever Top Travel and Tours will begin prepping for business in Saw Loung village this month, with hopes of opening during this year’s high season. The firm is building five Chin traditional homes with double rooms in the village, while Action Aid Myanmar is providing hospitality trainings to local residents.
Saw Loung village, which is a 15-minute drive from Kanpetlet, has only 31 households and a population of around 170 people, according to the state government.
Hikers walk through Natmataung National Park.