KUANTAN: The Pahang government hopes to boost the agricultural sector in a move to promote agro-tourism.
State Rural Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said Pahang had various agricultural areas with the potential to be developed as tourist destinations.
For example, he said Periok, Jerantut, and Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, had aquaculture development centres; Semuji Resort in this district was an agricultural centre; Raub was famous for the Musang King durian and Temerloh was known for ikan patin.
“Agro-tourism has the potential to draw tourists, especially students on study tours and tourists from abroad.
“However, to realise this, we have to develop and maintain facilities such as accommodation and easy access,” he said.
Some of these destinations have hostel facilities but these have to be upgraded if they were to be opened to tourists so as to ensure their security and comfort, he said.
Shafik Fauzan represented State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin in launching the Pahang 2017 edition of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair here.
Also present at the event were Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar; Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Pahang director Datuk Idros Yahya; Tourism Malaysia Pahang director Mohd Faharuddin Hatmin and Pahang edition MATTA Fair chairman Burhanuddin Ghazali.
Burhanuddin said the 11th edition of the Pahang MATTA Fair targeted sales of RM2mil and five million visitors over three days.
He said 56 booths had been set up to promote domestic and overseas tour packages as well as Visit Pahang Year 2017. — Bernama
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