The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has allocated four areas for hotel zone expansion at Ngapali Beach in western Myanmar.
“I heard that the Minister of Hotels and Tourism submitted four areas for expansion of the Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) to the president when he visited Thandwe,” said Myat Moe, manager of the Bayview Hotel in Ngapali Beach.
“Those areas are in front of the Thandwe (Ngapali) Golf Resort, and those near Singaung village, Linnthar village, and Mawyone village.”
According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, President Thein Sein gave instructions for the hotel zone expansion and met with hoteliers from Ngapali Beach during his visit to Thandwe. Five billion kyats have also been allocated for the hotel zone expansion.
Located in Rakhine State, Ngapali Beach is part of an unspoiled coastline and is a popular tourist destination. But with only 17 existing hotels, the area could face difficulty meeting room demand during the high season.
“The tourist season runs from October to April here. We receive many tourist arrivals after November. There are only about 750 hotel rooms in Ngapali Beach, and only about 1,500 guests can stay at these hotels,” said another Ngapali Beach hotelier, adding that zone expansion is inevitable given that there will not be enough rooms available if the tourist arrivals increase as expected.
The government has been promoting a number of sites to attract tourists to Rakhine State. As well as Ngapali Beach, these include Pearl Island, Thandwe, Sittwe, Rakhine Cultural Museum, Buddhist Museum, Shittaung Pagoda, Koethaung Pagoda, Mahamuni Pagoda, and Mrauk-U Museum.