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The aim of this paper is to evaluate the nascent development of ecotourism, taking into account the natural and human resources within and adjacent to Mt. Tambuyukon which is within the gazetted Kinabalu Park area. Currently, there is a more challenging Class II trail starting from Monggis Sub-station. Hostel, chalet and a relatively easier Class 1 trail development are being undertaken at Sorinsim Sub-station. A mixed qualitative and quantitative research method was adopted. The qualitative approach was via a case study with key informants and was aided by observation. The quantitative data was for visitors to Mt. Tambuyukon and to a lesser extent for Mt. Kinabalu for comparative purposes. The findings revealed that the Class II trail should be maintained and not upgraded as it caters to ecotourists who are looking for a more arduous and challenging climb as opposed to the Class I trail for Mt. Kinabalu. The hostel, chalet, and trail development need to take into consideration the carrying capacity of Mt. Tambuyukon. Ecotourism development should not forsake the neighbouring communities as they can be the eyes and ears for Kinabalu Park. Kinabalu Park has taken positive initiatives in employing locals as staff members as well as appointing local guides and porters who are familiar with the surroundings of Mt. Tambuyukon. At this juncture, the adjacent local community of Kg. Monggis has yet to be integrated substantially with ecotourism development besides the above. Agrotourism and homestay programmes are viable alternatives based on existing agro activities but with high entry barriers. The pristine rivers within the Mt. Tambuyukon area have yet to be explored from an ecotourism perspective. This paper suggests that the "Tagal" system developed by Kg. Luanti Baru to be used as the model for riverine care cum community ecotourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3318-3322
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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The nascent ecotourism journey for Mt. Tambuyukon. / Er, Ah Choy; Chong, Sheau Tsuey; Biun, Alim; Adam, Jumaat.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 3318-3322.

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