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Malacca bets on ecotourism to attract visitors: Muhammad Jailani


ALOR GAJAH: Ecotourism activities will be the fifth tourism focus to boost industry in Malacca after family, heritage, gastronomy and shopping, said Chairman of the National Tourism, Heritage and Culture Committee, Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis.

He said this was due to the many unexplored natural treasures in the state, thus allowing nature lovers to enjoy the beauty of nature.

He added that the ecotourism activity would be based on the concept of glamping, or glamorous camping, which is rapidly gaining popularity.

“Glamping will not negatively affect the ecosystem and ecology of a place, ensuring nature lovers enjoy their stay,” he told reporters after chairing the 2022 Raptor Watch program. in Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest here today.

Muhammad Jailani said that so far, two sites have been identified to implement the concept of glamping, namely in Pulau Besar and Pulau Nangka.

Commenting on the migration of predatory birds, also known as raptors, Muhammad Jailani said some 8,000 species of birds, namely eastern buzzard, grey-faced buzzards and Japanese hawks, have been seen crossing the strait from Melaka in the last five days.

He said the Raptor watch has attracted between 300 and 400 visitors this year.

Raptors are birds that have hunter and predator characteristics such as light wings, sharp eyes, hooked beaks, and large, sharp claws.

In winter in the northern hemisphere, when food resources in the breeding grounds dwindle, raptors migrate to the warmer south where food is more readily available. Among the birds of prey that often migrate to the Straits of Melaka in March every year are the Oriental Buzzard, Black Baza, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Northern Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, and Grey-faced Buzzard. — Bernama