Monday, April 02, 2007

Langkawi Book Village To Be Given New Lease Of Life

The Malaysia Book Village in Lubok Semilang here will be given a new lease of life after going through a slump after it was opened in 1987.

Kedah Tourism, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Othman Aziz said the book village, the first of its kind in Southeast-Asia, must be promoted actively to foreign tourists and the general public.

"Its strategic location at the foot of Gunung Raya and its beautiful surroundings will be meaningless if people don't visit it", he told Bernama here after opening a seminar on reviving the Malaysia Book Village Monday.

He said the failure to promote the village was the reason for the lack of visitors, hence something must be done to correct the situation.

He hoped that those running the book village would work closely with the National Library, Kedah State Library Corporation, state Education Department and institutions of Higher Learning in the revival effort.

Othman suggested that the latest titles be acquired for display and sale at the book village which has six buildings.

On the three-day seminar, he said the 50 participants included representatives of the Malaysia Book Foundation, Tourism Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

Source : Bernama
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