DESIGNED with the idea of putting nature first, The Habitat atop Penang Hill offers visitors a variety of activities which bring them close to nature.
To encourage tourists to visit the eco-tourism attraction located within the hill’s natural rainforest, the ‘Lung Cleansing Tourism and Walking Trail Destination’ programme was held for the first time in Penang.
It was organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Penang office with the support of The Habitat and Tourism Malaysia Penang.
The programme brought 150 people from Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Penang together to introduce them to The Habitat as a lung cleansing tourism destination.
They comprised tourism industry players and representatives from government agencies,
Tourism and Culture Ministry Penang director Jonathan Freddy Bagang said the programme was an initiative to introduce The Habitat as a tourist destination.
“We want to introduce the 1.6km walking trail at The Habitat to tourists as it offers not only fresh clean air but also allows them to immerse themselves in the flora and fauna.
“We chose The Habitat because of its strategic location on Penang Hill and the facilities it offers.
“People of all ages can enjoy the place and learn about different types of plants, insects and animals, inculcating a love for nature,” he said during the programme on Tuesday.
The Habitat managing director Allen Tan said Penang is still yet to be well known for its nature and hill tourism compared to its heritage and food.
“This programme will expose tourists to the other attractions in Penang,” he said.
State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang, who launched the programme, said Penang Hill had more than 1.6 million visitors last year.
“I believe The Habitat walking trail is suitable for people of all ages and visitors can also check out their other attractions such as tree top walk, giant swing and the upcoming canopy walk.
“Penang is well known for its culture and heritage but lately, Penang is also becoming an eco-tourism spot.
“I hope all the industry players will be able to get to know each other and develop interesting packages based on the concept of lung cleansing tourism.
“We are also working towards making Penang Hill declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve,” Law said.
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