Langkawi to pull in eco-sport en­thu­si­asts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOING PLACES -

THE LANGKAWI Tourism Board plans to go for more na­ture and sports-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote its is­lands.

Among the sports-themed pro­grammes are the Tan­jung Rhu SwimFest, Mount Mat Chin­chang SkyBridge Climb, as well as the Tuba Trail Run.

All these will take place across the moun­tains, beaches and forests with their dis­tinct flora and fauna that cover the 99 trop­i­cal is­lands to be found around the Langkawi ar­chi­pel­ago, which was de­clared one of the 94 glob­ally-recog­nised geop­arks from 27 coun­tries by Unesco in 2007.

Next year’s Tuba Trail Run, which is set to take place in April, is or­gan­ised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd along with the Langkawi De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (Lada), as a treat for ecosports ath­letes around the world.

“Langkawi has a unique ge­o­graph­i­cal land­scape that pro­vides many op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco-friendly sport,” said Iskan­dar Shahril, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of E-Plus En­ter­tain­ment Pro­duc­tions for Sin­gapore and Thai­land.

“The Tuba Trail Run was in­tro­duced this April as a pi­lot pro­ject to ex­pose the less vis­ited Pu­lau Tuba to the do­mes­tic run­ning mar­ket.

“We are now launch­ing this brand­new AkTION se­ries that cov­ers eco-sport on both land and wa­ter.”

Iskan­dar added that they in­tend to or­gan­ise more such eco-sport for en­thu­si­asts of all lev­els to sup­port Langkawi’s pop­u­lar leisure tourism.

Lada chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said that over 400

(from left) Iskan­dar, Khalid, and com­pet­i­tive run­ner Tahira Aliya at the Tuba Tail Run launch.

(be­low, left) The start of the 2016 Tuba Trail Run.

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