Friday, December 01, 2006

Promote Niche Tourism, Johor Urged

TOURISM was still a hot topic at the assembly sitting.

Cheong Chin Liang (BN – Bukit Batu) said the state needed to concentrate on promoting niche areas such as culture, nature and health tourism.

In promoting cultural aspects, the emphasis should be on the rich and diverse traditions of the multiracial people, while nature tourism could be packaged for ecology lovers by promoting the beaches, jungles and national parks, he said.

“Health tourism can be done in cooperation with private hospitals that are of international standard through conferences and exhibitions,” he said.

“There has to be closer cooperation between Tourism Malaysia and the private sector to actively promote Johor,” he added.

Cheong said the state government should also look into making sure that taxis used meters and buses did not pollute the city by emitting thick black smoke.

M. Asojan (BN – Gambir) asked if the government had any intention of reviving the Lagenda Resort in Muar, which was built at a cost of RM12mil but was still not fully operational.
He said the resort was completed at the end of November last year but could only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicles.

Asojan added that the resort was ideal for eco-tourism.

Source : STAR
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