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In recent years, the Ecotourism tag has been misused and misunderstood by tour and resorts operators and even certain tourism agencies.
Days spent lazing in the sun, comfortably cooled by a sea breeze, nights spent cosily tucked under blankets after a delicious seafood dinner ? a stay on board a fishing platform in the South China Sea was evidently not a hardship assignment for MENG YEW CHOONG.
A bid by the mother-in-law of international terror suspect Hambali to meet her daughter Noraliza Abdullah alias Lee Yin Len, who is under detention, remains a question.
Hambali is described as the regional director of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network and the mastermind of the Jemaah Islamiah, which has been blamed for several bombings in Indonesia and the Philippines. He is regarded as a dangerous terrorist but to his mother- in-law, Tambaku binti Endau, Hambali is like any other son-in-law, writes MUGUNTAN VANAR.
One of the oldest rainforests in the world, Belum straddles northern Perak, stretching up to the Thai border. Largely inaccessible, this last wild frontier in the country is believed to be bristling with flora and fauna, but a recent survey left reseachers puzzled over the low count.
The state Tourism Department is co-operating with its counterpart in Singapore to attract students from the republic to visit the state during their school holidays.
In was no surprise to his peers either, when Tan Chin Lik of Kolej Matrikulasi Yayasan Satu (KMYS) in Lembah Beringin, Selangor, received the college's Scholar of the Year Award from Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad last weekend. He also received the Subject Award for Physics.
The number of wild animals and exotic fish in the Endau-Rompin National Park is decreasing following a rise in poaching activities by hunters and anglers.
Tour operators are not doing enough to support the Government's efforts to promote tourism, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said.
Compiled by ANDREW SIA