Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Promote eco-tourism products to woo visitors, says minister

The Tourism Ministry is tapping the potential of eco-tourism to woo foreign and domestic tourists, said its minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

“We are giving priority to eco-tourism products as they are popular among tourists,” she told reporters after the launching of the state level “Zoom! Malaysia” at the Kuala Gandah National Elephants Conservation Centre, Lanchang near here recently.

Azalina: ‘The Kuala Gandah National Elephants Conservation Centre is one of the eco-tourism products.’

She cited the centre, which received 86,000 visitors last year and 56,000 this year until May, as one of the eco-tourism products.

On Zoom! Malaysia, she said the programme was aimed at promoting domestic tourism as there was a large number of Malaysians travelling abroad last year.

She said facilities at the centre should be upgraded to make it more attractive to visitors.

On the government’s move to restrict functions at hotels, she said hotel operators should be creative in attracting local and foreign visitors to use their facilities.

Source : STAR
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