Posted tagged ‘Malaysia’

Malaysia Tourism Minister Yen Yen says eco-tourism is all about the bucks

November 12, 2010
Tour guide in the Cango Caves.
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Malaysia needs to produce more specialist guides to provide quality tourism service and boost the eco-tourism industry.

Currently, the country has 4,000 general tour guides, some of whom are not professionals, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

“We want more specialist tour guides who can tell stories about our tourist attractions,” she said during a visit to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here yesterday.

Dr Ng said the ministry had set up a joint committee with UKM and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to develop modules aimed to train and produce more expert guides.

“Locals who are familiar with their home area in tourist destinations such as Fraser’s Hill, Tasik Chini and Lata Jarum should be trained to be specialist guides because they are the experts who can explain the tourist attractions,” she said.

Dr Ng added that the ministry was looking forward to collaborating with related ministries and agencies like UKM to develop eco-tourism to generate more revenue.

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Jogyakarta and Sabah get into eco-tourism

August 6, 2010
Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia.
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Jogyakarta and Sabah can combine their almost similar eco-tourism products and promote them as one tourism package.

Head of Tourism Department of Yogyakarta, Tazbir Abdullah, said Jogyakarta has volcanoes and Sabah has ‘sleeping’ Mount Kinabalu.

“We can package them for tourists keen to visit mountains. Also, we can promote the beaches,” he told journalists from Sabah here Thursday.

He hoped to put forward the proposal at international tourism forums, especially between Indonesia and Malaysia.

Tazbir said although it was difficult to introduce direct flights between Jogyakarta and Kota Kinablu, there were some airliners who were interested.

“We can discuss with them, there are no problems.

“Currently, the problem is with Adisucipto international airport. It might not be able to handle the increase in flights as the runway is small,” he said.

The airport handles direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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