Sabah’s Eco-Tourism Programme Appealing – Azalina
SANDAKAN, July 7 (Bernama) — Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said Monday Sabah’s natural assets should to be preserved to maintain the state’s appeal as a major eco-tourism destination in the country.
She said apart from the government, various groups such as non-government organisations, also played important roles in preserving the state’s natural attractions.
Azalina also urged tourism industry players in Sandakan, a district known for its wildlife habitats, to come up with suggestions to promote the district’s attraction.
“Sandakan tourism industry players should participate in the International Flora and Fauna Festival in August next year,” she told reporters after a dialogue with the tourism sector here in conjunction with her three-day visit to Sabah starting Saturday.
The biennial festival will be held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, here.
She also called for a more agressive promotion of the state’s tourism attractions, particularly to tourists from Peninsular Malaysia.
“I’m shocked to find that, of the number of visitors to Sabah’s tourist attractions, only five per cent are from the peninsula, three per cent from Sarawak while 93 per cent are from within Sabah itself,” she said.
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