Feasibility study needed for Sal Eain Tan beach, says minister

The Yangon regional government will study the potential for tourism investment in Sal Eain Tan, pictured above. Aung Htay Hlaing/The Myanmar Times
The Yangon regional government will study the potential for tourism investment in Sal Eain Tan, pictured above. Aung Htay Hlaing/The Myanmar Times
A feasibility study will be made before any investment into the tourism infrastructure of Sal Eain Tan beach two hours south of Yangon.

The beach, in Kungyankon Township, and located near the now dilapidated Letkokkon beach resort built by the military government in the 1990s, has become a popular weekend getaway for Yangonites in recent years.

Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Daw Naw Panthinzar Myo said in a June 25 reply to a query from MP U Aung Min Min that the Yangon regional government will study the potential for tourism investment in Sal Eain Tan before making a decision.

She added that public-private partnerships would be set up should the regional government see potential to grow the beach as a tourism destination.

Daw Naw Panthinzar Myo said a sustainable plan would be drawn up that takes into consideration the environment, local traditions and the need for infrastructure should there be tourism potential.

She said for the area to be developed for tourism, better transportation links, reliable electricity supply and accessibility of clean water sources would have to be taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, Daw Naw Panthinzar Myo said the Letkotkon Hotel owned by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has to be rebuilt as it has fallen into ruin. The hotel was designated as the official resort for foreign and local visitors under the military regime.

Earlier this year, The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the Rakhine State Government said it would also open up new beaches along the Rakhine coast for new hotel projects in order to draw more tourism investments into the state.

The ministry has designated the Gyite Taw, Maw Yone and Maung Shwe Lay beaches as new hotel destinations. The beaches are located near Ngapali Beach and Kantharyar Beach in Gwa township, which is in southern Rakhine.

U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotels and Tourism, said in February that the prospects and investment opportunities at the newly designated beaches are good due to their proximity to Ngapali Beach, which is a popular tourist destination located around nine to ten hours by land from Yangon.

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