Tanintharyi, Myanmar Planning for Sustainable Tourism

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Myeik fishermen haul in a catch. Photo: Myanmar Times

A Tanintharyi development committee, operating under Myanmar’s tourism ministry and chaired by local tycoon Serge Pun, is drawing up a master plan for sustainable tourism in the coastal region.

Tanintharyi boasts the Myeik archipelago, a cluster of more than 800 largely untouched islands that hold huge potential as a draw for international visitors. In order to help plot a careful and sustainable path for tourism development the government has formed a Tanintharyi Tourism Development Committee, made up tourism ministry officials and private sector representatives.

U Myo Myint, acting deputy director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, hopes the committee will help the region find success as a tourist destination without sacrificing the environment.

“We want [Tanintharyi] to be successful like Phuket [in Thailand] but we don’t want to be over-visited like Phuket,” he said.

Full story at Myanmar Times.

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