Hong Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines has partnered with the Tint Tint Myanmar Group to develop cruise and entertainment facilities on MacLeod Island, a private island in the Myeik Archipelago.
Tint Tint Myanmar operates the island’s Myanmar Andaman Resort, which has 22 bungalows facing the island’s southern bay.
The company’s deal with Genting marks the first partnership between a Myanmar company and an international cruise enterprise in cruise port development, and it is expected to catalyze growth in southern Myanmar’s cruise tourism market.
“Private Islands are a key feature for many cruise lines in the Caribbean and, as a pioneer of the Asian cruise industry, we are excited to be partnering with Tint Tint Myanmar Group to help create the infrastructure on MacLeod Island to become a key private paradise for Genting Cruise Lines’ guests and to start Myanmar on its journey to become a worldwide cruise destination,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines.
The island will be added to itineraries of cruises offered by Star Cruises and Dream Cruises – two Genting subsidiaries.
SuperStar Libra, a Star Cruises vessel, made its inaugural arrival to MacLeod Island on November 3 as part of a new four-night roundtrip itinerary, which also stops in Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, and Penang.
Genting Dream, a Dream Cruises vessel, will visit MacLeod Island during a five-night cruise starting in Singapore from November 26 to December 1.
“Genting Hong Kong recognizes Myanmar as an important developing market with great potential in Asia and looks forward to playing an instrumental role in the evolution of the country’s tourism sector,” Zhu said.
MacLeod Island is one of nearly 800 islands in the Myeik Archipelago, most of which are uninhabited. The island is home to untouched tropical forests, diverse wildlife, white sand beaches, and walkable mountains.
Myanmar Andaman Resort is one of two functioning resorts in the island chain and offers jungle treks, diving excursions, and visits with the area’s nomadic Moken people.