Chin State calls for tourism investors
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.