Thursday, October 09, 2008

BIMP-EAGA region to be made ‘Single Ecotourism Destination’


KOTA KINABALU: Governments within the BIMP-EAGA region have set the goal of developing the region as a “Single Ecotourism Destination”.

In an exclusive interview with the New Sabah Times yesterday, the organizing chairman of the upcoming BIMP-EAGA “Community-based Ecotourism Conference”, Bernadino Moningka Vega said that all these while, local governments within the BIMP-EAGA region have promoted their ecotourism destinations on their own and that it was high time for these governments to work together to promote the BIMP-EAGA region as one big region, adding that if successful, it would be a win-win situation for all its member countries.

He further added that the BIMP-EAGA region would be an attractive destination for ecotourism as it is the only place in the world where one would be able to experience lush tropical rainforest (in Borneo) and rich coral reefs (at the Sulu-Sulawesi’s Coral Triangle) under one roof.

One would also find the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mt Kinabalu, experience the rich marine diversity at Raja Ampat situated on the island of New Guinea and Wakatobi located at South Eastern side of Sulawesi, among others, he said.

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