KUANTAN: There will be no compromise on environmental issues in the state, no matter how serious the development to promote the tourism industry is, said Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
He said Pahang’s evironment and natural assets were sought after and made the state the preferred destination for tourists.
“Pahang is famous for its flora and fauna in Taman Negara, Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin, Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill and Pulau Tioman, apart from its beaches, food and culture.
“If the environment is destroyed, there will be an impact on these places and affect our attractions.
“We have been proactive in promoting Pahang using various ways and strategies. However, when it concerns the environment, there should not be any compromise,” Tengku Abdullah said in his speech at an appreciation event for tourism players and media members.
Tengku Abdullah also launched the “Revisit Pahang 2018” campaign to follow up on the successful “Visit Pahang Year 2017”.
Present at the event were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, state tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar, and Tourism and Culture Ministry Pahang Office director Datuk Idros Yahya.
Tengku Abdullah said the state’s tourism promotion could carry the tagline “Pahang, Truly Malaysia” because its neighbours Terengganu, Kelantan, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak were easily accessible to tourists visiting Pahang.
“In fact, we can launch ‘Revisit Pahang Forever’ here because the Pahang tourism sector has been playing an active role in promoting the state,” he said.
Tengku Abdullah said during a visit to Cambodia, he found traditional food from Pahang sold there, proving that promoting Pahang as a tourist destination was viable.
Earlier, Adnan said in his speech that tourists benefitted the people economically.
“The government did not gain much revenue from the tourism sector but the players, villagers, hoteliers, food producers and so on have gained economic returns directly from the spending power of the tourists.
“The government provides the infrastructure and facilities for the tourists and their spending has generated income and revenue for tourism players and supporting groups,” he said.