The Mixed Impact of The Heritage Listing

loading A film crew at work in Khoo Kongsi.

It has been four years since George Town was placed along with Malacca on the Unesco World Heritage Site List. A question worth asking now is, how has the listing impacted the local economy, surrounding area and community?

The most obvious place to start when assessing the impact that the Unesco World Heritage Site (WHS) listing has had on George Town over the last four years is to look at the change in the number and type of tourists visiting sites in the city. We decided to visit representatives from a few sites to ask for their views.

Khoo Kongsi is a very popular tourist site in George Town, prized for its beautiful and highly ornamented architecture as a Chinese clan house. Its representative, Cheah, commented that in general, the WHS listing had had little impact on its annual number of visitors.

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