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18 July, 2010

Kinabalu to be Benchmark for National Parks

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 emission.

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 --



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