Yangon Coastal Area to Be Developed for Tourism

Myanmar. Yangon. seaside tourism

Yangon City Centre

The Yangon Region government recently announced to looking for an upgrading of the Sel Ein Tan coastal area near Letkhokkon Beach in Kungyangon township to become a tourist destination, the region’s tourism officials say.

“Some Yangonites are already going to Sel Ein Tan to escape city life and to eat seafood. While infrastructure like water and electricity are present in the area, the regional government will do more to improve facilities in the area,” highlighted in an interview to the Myanmar Times Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Yangon Region Tourism Minister .

The Sel Ein Tan beach area is a two-hour drive from Yangon and, according to tourism officials, some 1,500 local travellers visit every week. The regional government says the next step will be to draw up a master plan for improving the area.

“Letkhokkon and Sel Ein, with their mangrove forests is already a destination for locals. If it is upgraded with good infrastructure, it can become an attraction for foreign tourists as well,” said U Kyaw Swa, tour operator from the area to the Myanmar Times.

The Yangon Region Government has solicited input from local tourism businesses that suggest more be done to promote bird watching and tours of mangrove forests in the area.

A recent meeting of the Regional Tourism Committee highlighted that Yangon continues to be the most popular attraction in the country. Yangon Region generated close to US$100 million in revenue between May and December this year. In 2018, Myanmar former capital recorded 1.16 million international arrivals, representing close to a third of all arrivals to the country.

The region was also the destination for significant amounts of foreign and local investments in the tourism sector. In 2019, the Yangon Region government approved 32 hotel permits, twenty construction projects for hotels and a further 14 for inns and b&b. This will result in another 2,600 rooms to eventually be added over the years to come.

Previously, the union government oversaw the approval of hotel and inn development projects, but the Tourism Law enacted in December 2018 has granted regional and state tourism committees the authority to approve investments’ projects.

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, over 1.5 million tourists visited Myanmar between January and October this year, an increase of 430,000 compared with the same period last year.