KOTA KINABALU: The Tourism Ministry intends to use Kinabalu National Park as
the benchmark for a quality rating system for other national parks.
Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the rating would be a useful guide for
foreign tourists and a way to improve the quality and management of parks.
“We hope all our national parks will also have the same high quality as
Kinabalu National Park,” she said during a product inspection at the national park yesterday.
Dr Ng said she was impressed by the park and congratulated Sabah for its
maintenance and management.
Ng suggested that Kinabalu National Park be the first in the country to
introduce a policy requiring tour vans to turn off their engines while parked there, to reduce carbon dioxide
Dr Ng said many tour investors had told her how difficult it was for them to
get bank loans for tourism products.
She said that a tourism bank would help the sector become an economic tool
that could yield RM1bil a week in the country.
-- The Star --