Saturday, August 25, 2007

Encouraging response to Borneo Tourism Conference

Over 70 participants have signed up for the 4th Borneo Tourism Conference and more are expected.

Besides Malaysians, those who have confirmed their attendance are from Brunei, Thailand and New Zealand.

Organised by Borneo Integrated Services with the support of the Sarawak Tourism Board, the conference will be held from Sept 11 to 13 at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here.

It aims to develop and market Borneo as a major tourist destination, promote tourism-related activities, stimulate domestic tourism growth and increase the number of tourists to Malaysia, Brunei and Kalimantan.

It also looks to consolidate best practices in the hospitality sector, build knowledge and appreciation of nature and develop networks among tourism players.

Speakers include Hector Ceballos-Lascurain from Mexico, Prof Ross Dowling and Mark Exeter (Australia), Costas Christ (United States) and Sarawak Convention Bureau chief executive Jill Henry.

A key feature of the conference will be a series of professional development workshops on topics such as developing an ecotourism masterplan and designing an ecolodge, attracting the cruise industry to Borneo and going green.

Registration for the conference is still open and forms are available online at

For more details, contact the conference secretariat at the Sarawak Tourism Board at 082-423600.

Source : STAR
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