Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gardens And Parks To Be Next Tourism Products

The Tourism Ministry is planning to develop gardens and parks all over the country as tourism products as they have the potentials to attract foreign as well as local tourists.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said local gardens and parks such as the Titiwangsa and Taiping lake gardens and parks in Putrajaya, Melaka and Johor Baharu could be developed into signature tourism products.

"The gardens must be beautifully designed, taking into account the colour combination and lightings, and they should showcase mostly the country's native flowers and plants," she said during a press conference, here Thursday.

She said during the ministry's sales mission to Europe recently, they visited gardens in the Netherlands and France and found out that people were interested in flowers and plants that were easily found here in Malaysia.

"In the gardens' greenhouses, they exhibited the plants as 'exotic' plants. Whereas we in Malaysia, we don't see them (the plants) as the wealth of this country," she said.

She said the ministry would be working with garden designers, including looking at getting the services of the chief gardener of the Monet Garden in France.

"I have asked our ambassador in France to ask the chief gardener of Monet Garden if he can come down to Malaysia and give his advice on gardens here," she said.

On another note, Ng said the ministry wanted to upgrade the floral festival in Malaysia to another level such as the Chelsea Flower Show in the United Kingdom.

"We will study in great depth before preparing for this year's floral festival that we hold annually in Putrajaya," she said.

Source : Bernama
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