KUANTAN – The Pahang government is to boost agro-tourism in several agricultural and farming areas.
State Rural Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said Pahang had various agricultural and farming areas with the potential to be developed as informative tourist destinations besides the already-popular Cameron Highlands.
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 had the potential to draw tourists, especially students on study tours and tourists from abroad. However, to realise this desire, we have to develop and maintain facilities such as accommodation and access routes,” he said.
Some of these destinations had hostel facilities but these had to be upgraded if they were to be opened to tourists so as to ensure their security and comfort, he said to reporters.
Shafik Fauzan had earlier 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 yesterday.
Also present at the event were Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar; Pahang director of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Datuk Idros Yahya; Tourism Malaysia Pahang director Mohd Faharuddin Hatmin and Pahang edition MATTA Fair chairman Burhanuddin Ghazali.
Burhanuddin said this 11th edition of the Pahang MATTA Fair targeted sales of RM2 million and the attendance of five million visitors over three days from yesterday.
He said 56 booths had been set up to promote domestic and overseas tour packages as well as Visit Pahang Year 2017. – BERNAMA