Commonwealth Tourism Centre’s director-general Abdul Rahman Shaari said some 100 participants from 18 nations had registered for the three-day event from May 13 at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was expected to open the event.
“We have secured an impressive line-up of keynote speakers and presenters whose information-packed presentations would be of a great interest and relevance to all sports tourism industry players,” he said during a mini-roadshow on the conference at Sarawak Tourism Complex here.
Abdul Rahman said the conference would examine three themes – sports tourism development, issues and case studies.
He said Commonwealth countries would host several international sports tourism events between 2010 and 2014.These include Singapore, which will host the Youth Olympic Games in two years’ time.
Abdul Rahman said Sabah and Sarawak had great potential as sports tourism destinations with national parks, diving, river regattas and rafting.
“What is needed is to enhance these tourism products,” he added.
Source : STAR
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