2016年3月10日星期四

Visit Terengganu Year 2017

Sultan Mizan declares 2017 as Visit Terengganu Year




The Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin yesterday expressed the need for tourism activities to be monitored so that the natural beauty of islands in the state can be sustained and preserved as a heritage.

He said efforts to monitor, preserve and maintain the natural beauty of the islands should be enhanced for the benefit of future generations.

With 2017 to be declared Visit Terengganu Year, the sultan said he hoped the state government would enhance efforts to improve the state's tourism products and further promote them towards making Terengganu the main destination for tourists.

"The contribution of the tourism sector to the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) can be further enhanced because of its huge potential, not only as a catalyst to the state's economy, but also to generate income for the people.

"The declaration of Setiu Wetlands as a state park is a positive effort towards making eco-tourism one of the major products in the state tourism industry," he added.

The Sultan was speaking when opening the Fourth Term of the 13th State legislative Assembly at Wisma Darul Iman here today.

The sultan, accompanied by the Sultanah of Terengganu, Sultanah Nur Zahirah, was greeted on arrival by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman and his wife, Toh Puan Seri Halina Zakaria.

The sultan also said he was happy with efforts made by the state government to build and upgrade the rehabilitation centre, and also the haemodialysis centres, in all parliamentary constituencies.

"I am also happy to know on efforts made by the state government to implement a pioneer programme known as 'Healthy Walkable City', which will be the first in the country," he added.

He said the programme, to be implemented with the cooperation of the federal government, would involve the construction of a 400-metre walkway from Pasar Payang to the Kuala Terengganu bus terminal.

"This will indirectly encourage the people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, as well as reduce traffic congestion," he said.

The state government, he said, should also strengthen the agriculture to improve the livelihood of the farming community and expressed his appreciation for several projects that had been implemented, like the Terengganu Melon Manis project and the padi farming project, covering 735 hectares in Kampung Jelapang.

Sultan Mizan also advised all quarters to respect the laws in the country, including the federal and state constitutions and to remain united.

~News courtesy of Bernama~

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