07 December, 2011
The overall tourism development in Malaysia is focus on the role of tourism attractions and the importance of international tourism. The developments of attractions, particularly those with good quality and of international standards, are important to lead a faster growth of hotel development and therefore, tourism industry as a whole. The role of other factors such as tourism promotion and government incentives, however are not denied, but due to the limitation in space. According to Hamimah Hassan from University Putra Malaysia, Possession of multi world class attractions have contributed to the high level of tourism growth in Pahang. It was also revealed that despite the strengths of Kedah and Penang in pulling high level of foreign tourists‘ arrivals, by 2008 these destinations were experiencing low level of tourism growth. This indicates that in sustaining high tourism development growth in the future, balance planning in resort tourism development and increasing population growth in Malaysian cities is needed. Therefore, resort and urban tourisms being the two most important sectors require continuous product evaluations to ensure sustainability of high tourism development growth in Malaysia.
source: Hamimah Hassan, Ten Years After Asian Financial Crisis 1998: Tourism Growth in Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
15 November, 2011
With its lavish six-star hotels and glitterati reputation, Dubai has quickly risen to fame as a tourist paradise. But now that fame might be heading towards infamy, as sewage including excrement and the contents of septic tanks has been pouring onto Dubai’s tourist-filled beaches.
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Hong Kong is one of the most popular city destinations in Asia. In 2008, about 29.5 million visitors enjoyed Hong Kong's hospitality. A diversity of travel experiences awaits the visitors with something for everyone, including a unique cultural heritage, temples, monasteries, museums, walled villages, countryside walks, theme parks, shopping and numerous markets.
CITY ANGKOR THE LOST WORLD MYSTERY
The city of Angkor is a temple or shrine can be referred to as residing in Cambodia for worship for the people of Hindu, the City of Angkor is a historic second place for the people of the Hindu temple of Prambanan in Indonesia. City Angkor regarded as one of the wonders of the world.
Londonis the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures.
10 November, 2011
Tourism concerns several different sectors of society and economy. For planners, tourism is very important. It is a relative new type of activity that influence the development of a city or even a country. Referring to Giuliana Quattrone, The World Tourism Organisation has provided that there are several important specific benefits of undertaking national and regional tourism planning. These are:
1. Establishing the overall tourism development objectives and policies what is tourism aiming to accomplish and how can these aims be achieved.
2. Developing tourism so that its natural and cultural resources are indefinitely maintained and conserved for future, as well as present, use.
3.Integrating tourism into the overall development policies and patterns of the country or region, and establishing close linkages between tourism and other economic sectors.
4. Providing a rational basis for decision-making by both the public and private sectors on tourism development.
5.Making possible the coordinated development of all the many elements of the tourism sector. This includes inter-relating the tourist attractions, activities, facilities and services and the various and increasingly fragmented tourist markets.
Optimizing and balancing the economic, environmental and social benefits of tourism, with equitable distribution of these benefits to the society, while minimizing possible problems of tourism.
6.Providing a physical structure which guides the location, types and extent of tourism development areas that are consistent with, and reinforce, one another, and Laying the foundation for effective implementation of the tourism development policy and plan and continuous management of the tourism sector, by providing the necessary organizational and other institutional framework.
7.Providing the framework for effective coordination of the public and private sector efforts and investment in developing tourism.
8.Offering a baseline for the continuous monitoring of the progress of tourism development and keeping it on track (WTO, 1994)
Source: Giuliana Quattrone, 2002, URBAN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES: THE “TOURISM CITY NETWORK”, EURA Conference Urban and Spatial European Policies: Levels of Territorial Government. PP. 1 - 12
06 November, 2011
The culture of a city is important. However, the most important thing is that each city should has its own symbol. It is important to focus on urban culture and characteristic. Loss of individuality of the city is bound to be overwhelmed. The most effective way to highlight the characteristics of a city is to build city’s landmark buildings or create a good image which is suitable for the city. The so called landmark or characteristic of city is referred to as the city symbol. Some cities are famous because of its product. Some cities are well known due to its natural resources. As I noticed, some planners try to plan a city which is suitable for tourists. However, what kind of cities can be planned as tourist attractions?
11 October, 2011
Recently, I read a journal which is called "Malaysia Tourism" written by Mohd Nawayai Yasak from Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Malaysia. The journal explains the legal and institutional framework that dealing with legislating tourism discussion and the environment, the bodies set up under such legislation, and the legislative incentives that the government has provided. The journal discussed the EIA (environmental impact assessment) impact on tourism planning. Accordingly, Environmental Quality (Prescribed Activities and Environmental Impact Assessment) Order 1987 provides for the legal and institutional arrangements so that environmental factors are considered in project planning. The
Environment Impact Assessment Order is particularly relevant to the tourism sector. Under the list of prescribed activities, an assessment (EIA) needs to be conducted for specified resort and recreational developments. These
activities include the following:
construction of coastal facilities or hotels with more than 80 rooms,
hill station resort or hotel development covering an area of 50 hectares or more,
development of tourist or recreational facilities in national parks, and
development of tourist or recreational facilities on islands in national marine parks.
Anyway, the tourism development need to meet the requirement of sustainable development. The environment is a key asset for the tourism sector. In addition to design and building considerations in the development of the tourism product, it is essential to ensure that new developments do not have an adverse impact on the natural environment, and that they are ecologically sound.