Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Langkawi to be World's First Duty-Free Geopark

Langkawi, which will be listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) Geopark early next month, will be the first tax-free geopark in the world.

The listing will enable Langkawi, which has a cluster of 99 islands, to woo tourists from all over the world, said Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) general manager Datuk Kamarulzaman Abdul Ghani.

He said three Unesco experts will be making their appraisal on all the islands from March 29 to April 2.

According to the Unesco website, a geopark, among others, is a territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons, but also for archaeological or cultural value.

Unesco has so far registered 18 geoparks in the world.

Kamarulzaman said the Langkawi Geopark will be a new brand to stimulate the island's tourism industry and it will be featured extensively.

Source : NST
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