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Taiping world’s third best Sustainable Destination

Taiping has once again done Perak and the nation proud when it emerged as the world’s third best city at the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards 2019 held at ITB Berlin, Germany yesterday.

The top spot in the Best of Cities category went to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, followed by Vancouver, Canada.

It was only two months ago that heritage city Taiping was listed in the world’s Top 100 Sustainable Destinations.

Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) president, Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff said he was delighted with the achievement and proud that it was made possible by the joint effort of the whole community including the agencies involved in ensuring sustainability of the city.

He said it was the first prestigious award of world-standard won by Taiping although it had previously received a number of national and international awards such as ‘Best Destination Manager 2016’ given by the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia-Pacific Cities and the Gold Award by the Malaysia Tourism Council in the Heritage Tourism Destination category in 2017.

“I hope that all the agencies implementing the laws related to environmental preservation and sustainable development will continue to be committed to shouldering their respective responsibilities for Taiping to remain a sustainable city.

“All its residents and visitors must contribute to ensuring that Taiping is always clean, well-maintained and protected from environmental damage,” Abd Rahim said in a statement today.

At the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Borse Berlin) or International Travel Trade Show Berlin, Abd Rahim received the award on behalf of MPT.

Also present were Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu; state Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman, Tan Kar Hing and MPT secretary, Borhan Abdul Halim.

 – The Edge Markets, March 07, 2019

TAIPING TOWN, PERAK, Malaysia – World #3 most sustainable city

Taiping Awarded Sustainable Global Top 100 Destinations 2018

The initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and
take sustainability seriously. This is the fourth competition organised by the Partnership for the Top 100 and the ITB Earth Award:

  • Green Destinations, the Netherlands
  • ITB Berlin, Germany
  • Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN), Thailand:
  •, the Netherlands
  • Destination Stewardship Center, USA
  • Ecotourism Australia, Australia
  • Global Ecotourism Network (GEN), USA
  • Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C), Norway
  • QualityCoast Awards, the Netherlands
  • Sustainable Travel International (STI), USA
  • The Long Run, United Kingdom
  • Travelife for Tour Operators and Travel Agents, NL
  • TravelMole’s VISION on Sustainable Tourism, UK/Italy

Winners will receive Certificate at the ITB Earth Award
– Top 100 Awards ceremony, 6 March at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show.

Perak’s second-largest town is defined by water and greenery. Locals laud it as the ‘City of Peace’ for trailblazing Malaysia’s first museum, first railway and first newspapers in English, Malay and Tamil. But it’s Taiping’s ‘Rain City’ title that has stuck. Taiping has the biggest volume of rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia: all the better for its verdant lake gardens (and the pastime of ‘rain betting’, where locals take a punt on what time downpours will start and stop).

Taiping is a tourism destination with elements of nature such as mountains, waterfall and wildlife. Taiping is popular with the beauty of flora and fauna that attract tourist. Taiping always gets the most frequent rainfall catchment that is near 320 days per year.

Taiping’s nature welcomes wildlife and lush plants. The beauty of the nature is able to give a feels of relaxation to the tourists that come to Taiping. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of Lotus Flower in the lake and other plants around the garden.