Published on Friday, 12 July 2013 16:38
Myanmar authorities have been facing difficulties finding a suitable location for a new hotel zone in Mon State, Southern Myanmar according to officials.
"At the moment, we don't have any land to designate for the hotel zone. Most of the lands in Mottama area are religious sites," said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
There are only 21 hotels with over 700 rooms in Mon State and most of them are located in Mawlamyaing and Kyikhto. Mon State is famous for its natural scenery including the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock), Zinkyaik Waterfall, and the Than Lwin River.
The state has received over 10,000 local visitors and over 5,000 foreign tourists, mostly French and German.
Htain Win, an official from the Kayin State Immigration Department, has said that tourist arrivals will increase after the government grants one week visas for visitors entering from Myawaddy on the Thai - Myanmar border.
Local tour companies in Myawaddy have already started offering tour packages for tourists travelling through Mae Sot to Myawaddy although the government has not given an official permission yet.
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