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Geopark boost for Langkawi

Source Published :February 13, 2007

LANGKAWI: The Tourism Ministry is banking on the proposed listing of Langkawi as a Unesco Geopark to make the island resort more famous than Phuket and Bali.

Its minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the Langkawi archipelago could be promoted in a class of its own when it is declared a Unesco Geopark.

Tengku Adnan said he hoped Langkawi could outshine its competitors through ongoing activities and events that attract international attention.

“We can make full use of our rich marine resources to make Langkawi more famous.

“The annual squid jigging competition, for example, is attracting more and more foreigners, although it was only introduced three years ago,” he said after presenting prizes to the winners at the Pantai Cenang Jetty here yesterday.

The 3rd Sauk Sotong event, organised by the Langkawi Tourism Action Council, attracted 80 teams, including 10 VIP and 10 tourist teams.

“This squid jigging event could be incorporated in the Langkawi Royal Regatta. With early planning and better coordination of all the programmes and packages, we can make Langkawi the most famous destination in the region,” Tengku Andan said.

The longest squid, measuring 107cm, was caught by the Genuak Emas team. It took home RM800, a challenge trophy and a medal.