BERA: The country’s natural beauty has “healing effects and is a self-help therapy”, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
She said these elements could make Malaysia one of the world’s preferred eco-tourism destinations.
She cited Tasik Bera as an example, saying its rich natural ecosystems was well-known among local and foreign tourists as it was home to over 200 birds, 50 mammals and 90 fish species besides being a habitat for various types of flora.
“These promise a unique experience for those who love nature-based and outdoor activities such as jungle trekking,” she said in her speech at a Malaysian Family “Hogoh Bera 2020” Programme at Felda Kumai here yesterday.
The two-day programme was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Also present was Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
Nancy said Bera district had the potential to be one of the country’s popular tourist destinations, adding that the ministry would give full support to homestay operators, including those in Felda Kumai, to attract more tourists.
In another development, Nancy said the ministry would support all activities under the tourism sector, including those organised by cultural associations and external organisations, by providing incentives and training assistance.
She cited as examples the arts incentive assistance to nine cultural arts associations amounting to RM71,900 and the Arts Activists Prihatin Assistance in Pahang.
“Through the National Culture and Arts Department (Pahang), the ministry provides continuous training and holds engagement sessions with the state government, NGOs and corporate bodies related to arts and culture activities, as well as conduct studies on Pahang’s traditional culture,” she told Bernama.