Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tamparuli to be developed for ecotourism and extreme sports

TAMPARULI: Tamparuli, a small town about 36km from Kota Kinabalu, is looking to develop high-impact, environment-friendly activities to boost tourism in the area at little cost.

Its state assemblyman, Datuk Jahid Jahim, said Tamparuli had a lot of natural sites that could be promoted for ecotourism and extreme sports that were harmless to the environment.

“There is no need to build big structures. Some of the places here are good the way they are and able to attract visitors.

“The only place that may eventually need upgrading or development will be the town because when more tourists come, there would be demand for food, lodging and other amenities,” he told Bernama when met at the Sabah Malaysian Borneo Cross Country World Class Paragliding event here recently.

Jahid, who is Sabah Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, said the Tamparuli sub-district office was introducing paragliding at Ruhiang Hill, a breezy 1,000m hill here, as a new tourism product.

He said the idea was inspired by Pyongchang, a little town in South Korea considered similar to hilly Tamparuli, which became popular among paragliders and is now busy keeping up with economic demands.

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