Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sabah may limit tourists to Mabul Island

KOTA KINABALU: The State Tourism, Culture and Environmental Ministry is considering limiting the number of visitors to Mabul Island, a popular diving resort near Sipadan Island.

Its Assistant Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail said the move was pertinent to avoid overcrowding and to preserve the island.

"The number of visitors is increasing every year.

If the situation is not controlled, it could adversely impact marine life as well as the environment at Pulau Mabul Park and the surrounding islands in the long run," he told reporters after launching a workshop on the management plan for Sabah's islands, here today.

He said the government would seek the views of stakeholders including tourism operators before introducing the new guidelines.

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