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.