Tourism has been vital to Penang for decades, but a competent history of it has yet to be written to give due credit to the key actors involved, to describe the twists and turns and ups and downs of the industry over time, and to understand the debates and policies affecting its development.
Today, health and culture are Penang’s distinctive attractions. Our beaches are no longer much for tourists to write home about; nature lovers can easily find more exciting spots on the peninsula; and the conference industry is still in its adolescent stage.
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