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Branding Langkawi island as a geopark destination

Mohd. Yusof, Mohd. Fadil and Ismail, Hairul Nizam and Ahmad, Ghazali (2019) Branding Langkawi island as a geopark destination. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 6 (1-2). pp. 7-14. ISSN 2289-8948


Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.11113/ijbes.v6.n1-2.377


The objective of this study is to examine the issues and challenges of making a geopark status as a destination brand to promote sustainable tourism. It briefly describes the process of obtaining geopark status based on the experience with Langkawi Island, Malaysia which was designated in 2007. 35 individuals were interviewed representing various important stakeholders such as different level of managers of a development authority, National Tourism Organization, tourism operators and local community concerning their expectations, government initiatives, and acceptance towards promoting Langkawi Geopark as a brand. The findings indicate that most of the stakeholders support and accept the Langkawi Geopark as a global brand that recognised by UNESCO. However, most of them are still confused about the Geopark concept in terms of its implementations and the actions needed to protect the brand. More concerted efforts are needed to create the Geopark brand awareness especially among local community and business operators. It is necessary to educate these stakeholders about the benefits of having the geopark status in order to use the brand to promote sustainable tourism development on the island.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geopark, destination brand, Langkawi, sustainable development, Malaysia
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000-9284 City planning
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:85113
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 02:16
Last Modified:04 Mar 2020 02:16

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