Leveraging on potentials of national parks

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KUCHING: Sarawak is looking to capitalise on the beauty and attractiveness of its natural assets such as the beautiful landscapes by developing an ecotourism network by connecting its national parks stretching from Lundu and Sematan to Pantai Damai and Telaga Air.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Lundu, Sematan, Pantai Damai and Telaga Air will be further developed to leverage on their tourism potentials.

“These areas can be linked to form a network. We feel that that can attract tourists due to their natural beauty,” he told a press conference during his visit to Telaga Air today (Aug 16).

Abang Johari said while Telaga Air does not have a beach, visitors there can easily move on to the beaches in Sematan and Telok Melano once Batang Rambungan bridge has been completed.

“With the bridge, it will take only 40 minutes to drive between Telaga Air and Lundu … for good angling and so on.

“We can see the good potentials. The areas will become good tourist attractions as they are within the vicinity of the national parks here.

“This (Telaga Air) is Ramsar wetland park. In Telok Melano we have Tanjung Datu national park, Serabang, Gading and the Lundu-Gading national park. On the other side of Kuching we have the Bako national park.

“All are ecotourism destinations that you can’t find in other parts of the world. Over here we have a nice combination of so many things. What is important now is we must develop them,” he said.

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