BEBC Labuan will continue to promote ecotourism
Published on: Wednesday September 21, 2022
LABUAN: The Bimp-Eaga Business Council (BEBC) Labuan will continue to promote Labuan’s potential for ecotourism in the member countries of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga). Its chairman, Jerry Teo, said the island is not only known as Malaysia’s international business and financial center (IBFC) and oil and gas (O&G) hub, but also has its own uniqueness as an alternative travel destination. “Labuan has taken effective measures to increase activities related to tourism…several works have been carried out to support these initiatives such as: Tuesday.
Labuan Geopark was recognized as a National Geopark on December 16, 2021. Teo said BEBC Labuan supports the Bimp-Eaga tourism initiative to make its member countries, including Labuan, a preferred ecotourism destination in Asia-Pacific. He said Labuan’s tourism promotions include the just-completed Labuan Duathlon/Triathlon 2022, which is an annual event, as well as the 2022 Borneo Arts Festival and Remembrance Day. Teo also announced the convergence of initiatives with other Eaga clusters such as Transport, Environment, Socioculture and Education after the 18th Bimp-Eaga Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting in Kota Kinabalu on August 24-25.
The Malaysia-hosted hybrid meeting was chaired by Indonesia to discuss the “rolling pipeline projects,” which emphasize tourism access and supporting infrastructure and ecotourism product development, among other things. “During the meeting, I updated Labuan’s current tourism development, access and infrastructure. “In addition to converging with other clusters, JTD also worked with development partners such as Asean China Centre, Korea and the Northern Territory of Australia to develop Bimp-Eaga tourism. “The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) presentation of Bimp-Eaga initiatives to support tourism explained to delegates their efforts to boost EAGA tourism through a digital platform,” he said. At the meeting, the JTD cluster also reviewed ADB’s strategic plan for Bimp-Eaga Vision 2025 (BEV2025) with the goal of establishing EAGA as the ecotourism destination of choice in Asia-Pacific.
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