TOURISM and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who recently visited the Lost World of Tambun theme park for the first time, said he was satisfied with the park’s international standards.
He said it was his responsibility to get updates of local tourism attractions in the country.
“Being here is a pleasant surprise; I think the products we have here is of international standards,” he told reporters after visiting the theme park in Ipoh on Sunday.
Mohamed Nazri said he was happy that Tourism Malaysia was working closely with the management of the theme park, because this was certainly a product that would be promoted for Visit Malaysia Year next year.
“Everything here has been done in an eco-friendly and educational manner.
“Most foreign tourists are very keen on conservation, and this is a big attraction, especially for those interested in eco-tourism and conservation,” he added.
When asked the plans to further promote tourism in Perak, Mohamed Nazri said he would like to see the state attract more tourists.
“I am going to work with the park’s general manager Calvin Ho, and Sunway to see how we can look for new tourism products in Perak.
“I am sure State Tourism committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi can provide me with the information and feedback on potential places in Perak,” he added.
Nolee Ashilin was also present during the visit.
Mohamed Nazri said it was normal for places with lots of potential for tourism development to be taken for granted.
He said Perak was a big state with many places boasting of natural and beautiful tourist attractions.
“So be rest assured that I will help promote Perak, because we have to compete with other states like Sabah, Sarawak and Pahang.
“But I think Perak has got potential, especially the Belum forest, which
is the oldest tropical forest in the world.
“So many types of flora and fauna species are found in the forests. We must conserve this place, but at the same time, be proud of what we have by showing it to the world,” he added.