Can Penang Lead the Way in Sustainable Tourism?

By Julia Tan

April 2019 FEATURE
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It has been 11 years since George Town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and its tourism industry has since then flourished beyond imagination. No longer is the inner city a ghost town come sundown – the streets are alive with activities; shophouses are shiny and business is brisk.Yet, some are questioning: how can we ensure tourism continues to grow, but at the same time not go the way of, say, Venice, where tourists outnumber locals?(Then again, Venice’s...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.