Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Go Green : CM to Tourism Operators

Tourism players in Sabah should go green by coming up with eco-friendly products and services to keep up with the growing trend among travellers opting for tour operators, resorts and hotels that are able to keep their carbon footprint low, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

He said that the green efforts could help to resolve adverse environmental issues frequently attributable to tourist inflows.

"I realise it will not be easy to do this overnight and I hope that you will at least start by taking small steps that will eventually accumulate to make a big difference," he said in his speech at the World Tourism Conference (WTC) 2010 closing ceremony here today.

His speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Musa said by keeping up with trends especially on sustainability, tourism assets could be protected and able to meet visitor's expectation.

"The tourism industry is dynamic and highly sensitive to changing visitor perceptions and needs. Visitors have become more knowledgeable with many carrying out their own research through the Internet to determine their choice of destinations," he said.

Musa said tourism in Sabah had steadily grown into an industry that was making significant contribution to the state and national economies through smart partnerships between federal government, private sector and many other stakeholders including local communities.

"This is reflected by the diversification of tourism products and growth of visitor arrivals. In 2009 we recorded 2.24 million arrivals generating RM3.87 billion in tourism receipts.

"As of August this year, we recorded 1.59 million arrivals, an increase of 7.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Our target is to attract 2.36 million visitors this year and by 2020, we hope there will be 4.5 million people visiting us," he said. - Bernama

Source: http://www.dailymail.com.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3742:go-green-sabah-cm-tells-tourism-operators&catid=2:nation&Itemid=3

Green Sabah says: Tourism is very important in Sabah as it is one of the main source for this state's income. By promoting green efforts, it will help to boost the tourism industry too. Be part of it. Each and everyone must play their role to support this green efforts.


Mohd Ishak said...

Sabah kaya dengan alam sekitar yang cantik, kita patut berusaha memelihara alam sekitar kita ini untuk menarik lebih banyak pelancong ke negeri kita.

Mohd Ishak said...

Harap semua pihak akan bekerjasama untuk menjaga kebersihan dan memelihara alam sekitar kita.

Caldina said...

Awareness is there. Need more efforts in implementing it.

Caldina said...

Need to learn more on carbon footprint. How can we reduce it.

Smookiekins said...

Sabah should keep maintain the green of Sabah.

mantra said...

sabah kaya dgn alam semulajadi dan tumbuhan hijau, inilah yang menjadi tarikan utama pelancong.

Anonymous said...

yup.. only by green efforts, the tourism assets in this state will be protected..

Anonymous said...

the state government must pursuing green initiatives in an effort to maintain the delicate balance between tourism promotion and environmental protection to ensure long-term sustainability..

Anonymous said...

kehijauan alam di Sabah mampu untuk menarik pelancong datang ke negeri Sabah.

Anonymous said...

teruskan usaha untuk mengekalkan keindahan dan sumber semulajadi yang ada.

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