Sunday, October 17, 2010

Promotion of bird-based nature tourism in Sabah to be further enhanced

SANDAKAN: Efforts to promote the tourism industry in this country will be further enhanced through its participation various bird festivals organized by other countries.

Sabah Tourism Board chairman, Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin said, the Board had actively promoted bird-based nature tourism since two years ago to other countries even though the market on bird-based tourism is not something new to Sabah.

He said the bird-based nature tourism industry is expected to attract more birds lovers this country and it is expected within the next 10 years, it could developed into a strong sector.

“Activities on bird watchinging can serve as a potential tourism market in the country based on market demand for bird watching in other countries.

“Through the diversity of tourism activities such as this, we can further strengthen the tourism industry in this country and thus generate economic growth,” he said at the Borneo Bird Festival held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok, here on Friday.

This Festival was organized for the second time since it was launched last year the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Also present were Sabah Forestry Department director, Datuk Sam Mannan and Chairman of Borneo Bird Club, Cede Prudente.

It is understood that about 664 bird species can be found in Borneo, including 51 unique species of birds that can only be found on the Borneo Island. Of these, 31 species are unique to this country and almost all of them can be found in the RDC.

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