JOHOR BARU: There should be more focus on heritage tourism in Johor Baru with such tours gaining popularity around the world.
Unesco-accredited specialist cultural heritage guide Jimmy Leong, who said this, added that heritage tourism had been on the rise and was a current tourism trend.
He said Johor Baru had a lot of potential to be developed as a heritage site.
Leong, who is also Malaysian Tourist Guides Council president and the only Unesco accredited guide in Johor, said he took more than two years to research and compile a Heritage Walk tour at the city centre.
“It is a three to five-hour walk around the city centre to places like Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Ancient Temple, Sultan Ibrahim Building and Old Johor Baru Railway Station while getting to know Johor’s history,” he said.
He said heritage tourism was slowly gaining popularity in Johor Baru as groups from the United States, Britain, Australia and Singapore participated in the walk recently.
Leong said tourists were getting more mature and choosing history and going to see old buildings instead of modern cities like before, which was why places like Angkor Wat and Borobudur were getting a lot of visitors from all over the world.
Those interested in the tour can approach the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) at 07-216-0042, 07-219-8244 or visit http://facebook.com/kioskpelancongan for more information.