KOTA KINABALU: The serenity, climate and surroundings of Sabah's Crocker Range make it ideal for development as a nature therapy site, says Datuk Jafry Arifin.
The state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister said the area on the west coast was also not overcrowded, adding to its suitability.
“The Crocker Range is known for its nature, flora and fauna and these are much-needed elements for a person’s mental wellbeing, or healing,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 27).
ALSO READ: Forest bathing making a splash
Jafry recently held a meeting with Sabah Parks staff to discuss ways of promoting the state's parks without compromising on conservation and protection.
He said although nature therapy or ecotherapy may not cure specific ailments, its benefits are more towards improving a visitor's state of mind, reducing stress and promoting inner peace.
He said stopping over in places such as Crocker Range can also help calm visitors and give them the time and opportunity to focus on emotional healing.
ALSO READ: Reconnecting with the Earth
Jafry said this sort of tourism concept would be a new experience for local and foreign visitors.
He said the ministry will continue to identify places that have potential as new tourist attractions, and at the same time develop and promote existing locations in Sabah.