Chin State calls for tourism in­vestors

The Myanmar Times - - News -

IT has out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty, fas­ci­nat­ing and un­spoiled eth­nic cus­toms, and a lo­cal gov­ern­ment ea­ger to wel­come vis­i­tors. What Chin State does not have is money, roads and ho­tels.

The state gov­ern­ment is invit­ing in­vestors in­ter­ested in ho­tels in the town­ships of Hakha, Falam, Tid­dim, Paletwa, Matupi and Khaingkan to send ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to the Of­fice of De­vel­op­ment Af­fairs, Elec­tric­ity and In­dus­try in Hakha by Novem­ber 8. The goal is to de­velop tourism in or­der to re­duce poverty, said the re­spon­si­ble min­is­ter, U Isaac Khen.

“We’re con­sid­er­ing build­ing two ho­tels in Tid­dim, two in Falam, two in Hakha and one in Paletwa to ful­fil the needs of the state as a whole for this year,” he said. The gov­ern­ment is also re­pair­ing the roads with the Japan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency and the World Bank in a three-year pro­gram.

“We al­ready have nat­u­ral beauty and tra­di­tional cul­ture, but we need at least a year to pro­mote the des­ti­na­tions to at­tract more vis­i­tors,” said the min­is­ter.

Scenery is not enough, trained staff are also needed to pro­mote tourism, said U Ye Tun Oo, CEO of Vivo Myan­mar travel and desti­na­tion man­age­ment com­pany.

“There’s al­ready a mar­ket for peo­ple in­ter­ested in Chin State who don’t care about the trans­porta­tion dif­fi­cul­ties. They know the eth­nic cul­ture is real,” he said.

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