Monday, July 12, 2010

Malaysia can be world leader in eco-tourism

Malaysia is a hot-bed for the world’s rarest iconic natural attractions and serves as a tourist magnet.

The country has attractive locations with vast potential for development as eco-tourism icons, according to a development planning expert.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia centre for innovative planning and development director Prof Amran Hamzah said Malaysia’s natural attractions would lure tourist arrivals to the country.

Tourists will be spellbound by the unique flora and fauna, clean beaches, exotic marine life, oldest rainforest and the world’s biggest caves.

Currently, Amran said Sabah and Sarawak were the country’s largest contributors to the eco-tourism industry as compared with Peninsular Malaysia, as they had the world’s rarest iconic attractions.

For example, he said the Mulu National Park in Sarawak, and Mount Kinabalu and Sipadan Island in Sabah were deemed among the world’s top five locations for scuba diving activities.

“Tourists will come to Sabah and Sarawak because they know they can find the orang utan in Sepilok or Kinabatangan where there is a unique range of eco-tourism attractions.

“They cannot find an orang utan in the peninsula,” he told Bernama in a recent interview.

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