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10 June, 2010

Perak to put Royal Belum on world map

TELUK INTAN: Perak is planning to put its Royal Belum tropical rainforest on the world map for eco-tourism during an international conference in July.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state would officially launch the Royal Belum’s eco-tourism industry during the three-day World Eco-Tourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur on July 8 to 10.

“The conference will also be renamed as the Royal Belum Eco-Tourism Conference,” he told reporters after chairing an executive council member meeting here yesterday.

Conference convenor Lee Choon Loong said the name of the conference was changed to elevate the status of Royal Belum tropical rainforest into a world-class eco-tourism spot.

“About 400 participants from 40 countries will take part in the conference.

“Promoting Royal Belum will be our main priority during World Tourism Day in September,” said Lee, who is also Malaysian Ecotourism Associa-tion secretary-general.

Lee said the conference was also a platform to promote other eco-tourism spots that had yet to gain recognition.

Laos hosted the conference last year.

On another matter, Dr Zambry said experts from both Unesco and the National Heritage Department were preparing a dossier on Lenggong Valley for it to be declared a World Heritage Site.

“Experts are visiting places in Lenggong. We hope to get the report ready in the shortest time,” he added.

Dr Zambry pointed out that the discovery of the 13,000-year-old Perak Man and the valley’s archaeological value were among the factors for it to be nominated as a heritage site.

Dr Zambry said that Perak would be put on the world map once Lenggong Valley was named as a heritage site like George Town and Malacca City.

-- The Star --