Lenggong Valley celebrates 1st anniversary as World Heritage Site

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The first anniversary celebration of Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site was officiated by Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah. A five-day carnival was held which included an art exhibition, display of traditional dishes from 18 villages, cultural shows and performance by singer Jamal Abdillah who is known as Raja Pop Malaysia.

Lenggong Valley celebrates 1st anniversary as World Heritage Site

Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the carnival was to help promote Lenggong Valley and to create awareness among  people to appreciate the priceless heritage of the country.

The recognition by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  on June 30, last year, meant that Lenggong Valley is listed on the world tourism map and is soon to become a popular tour destination for many.  This is the fifth site in Malaysia, in addition to George Town, Malacca, Mount Kinabalu and Niah Cave, to be recognised as world heritage site.

Zambry added that since the recognition, the number of tourist arrivals had increased from 2,000 to 5,000 per month. This  positive increase can be attributed to the recognition and has also opened the door wider for the state’s tourism industry, particularly in Hulu Perak where  development will take place.

The state government together with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and National Heritage Department are preparing and developing the tourist infrastructure in Lenggong Valley. However, this  may take some time to materialise. The opening ceremony ended with fireworks display.

AJ

2 thoughts on “Lenggong Valley celebrates 1st anniversary as World Heritage Site

  1. The reporter was merely quoting the statement made by the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir regarding the increase in tourist arrivals. There is definitely no way of determining the exact number unless someone is positioned at the Valley’s entrance with a calculator.

    However, a conservative estimate can be made based on such factors as the number of guests registered at Lenggong’s hotels, visitors to the Lenggong Museum and feedback from the tourism industry players.

  2. There are only 4 World Heritage Sites in Malaysia as Malacca and Georgetown share a listing.
    Niah Cave is not a WHS. The author has muddled this with Gunung Mulu National Park which is listed.

    > the number of tourist arrivals had increased from 2,000 to 5,000 per month
    Tourist arrivals where?

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