Thursday, April 19, 2007

More Tourist Facilities for Firefly Sanctuary

THE Selangor government plans to further improve the facilities at the Kampung Kuantan firefly sanctuary in Kuala Selangor following the increase in the number of Thai and Singaporean tourists visiting the famous natural attraction.

Better facilities ahead: Lim (right) with Selangor TNB general manager Hussin Othman at the Kg Kuantan firefly jetty during his visit to Kuala Selangor recently.
State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng said there plans were afoot to open a souvenir shop, audio-visual centre and stalls promoting local delicacies and handicraft.

“We are working together with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to build these facilities to make the place more attractive for foreigners and to provide jobs for locals who can produce handicrafts,” he said.

Dr Lim added that the audio visual centre, where visitors could get an insight into the life-cycle of the fire-fly, was expected to cost about RM300,000, the cost of which would be borne by TNB.

“TNB has been very supportive over the years in preserving the firefly sanctuary by building much-needed amenities that have made a good impression on foreign and local visitors,” he said after visiting the Kampung Kuantan firefly sanctuary recently.

Dr Lim said the state government was also making efforts to get tourists to stay overnight and enjoy the seafood in nearby Pasir Penambang.

“We have a few budget hotels and we want people to stay in Kuala Selangor instead of just visiting the firefly sanctuary. It would be good if we can get foreigners to stay as the restaurants and hotels will prosper and this will improve the economy of the township,” he said.

Source : STAR
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