LANGKAWI, June 5 (Bernama) -- Players in the tourism industry have to conserve and maintain Malaysia's natural environment, which is a major draw for tourists heading to the country, said Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit.
He said efforts to make the tourism sector a major source of income for the country would fail if these natural attractions were contaminated.
Dawos also urged the people of Langkawi to cooperate in taking care of public amenities and prevent vandalism as it would only cause losses for both the government and the people.
"It will frustrate plans to develop Langkawi's economy," he said when closing the 2011 Langkawi Geopark Carnival organised by the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) at Dataran Lang, here, Saturday night.
The carnival was held in conjunction with the fourth anniversary of Langkawi's status as part of the Global Geopark Network by Unesco in 2007.
Sustainable environment is a key product of Langkawi Tourism. It shall be preserve & protect to ensure balance between demand for tourism activity & nature's heritage.