PETALING JAYA - It is still safe for tourists to go to Cameron Highlands, although hoteliers fear poorly planned development and rampant land clearing are harming tourism prospects.
Cheng Weng Kin, general manager of Parkland Hotels and Apartments, said hotel booking cancellations had risen up to 40 per cent since the Oct 23 Bertam Valley flash flood.
He said this was taking a toll on the tourism sector as people feared getting caught in another flood or landslide.
"Please understand that Bertam Valley is located far away from the main tourist spots. The main road accessibility is not affected and it is safe to travel here," he told The Star.
Cheng, who urged the Government to gazette Cameron Highlands as a tourism destination, said tourists had been flocking there in droves since accessibility improved.
However, he said even tourists noticed a rise in temperatures as land clearings were constantly taking place.
"There are always new areas being cleared. During the rainy season, we have to explain to tourists why their bath water turns the colour of teh tarik (milk tea).
"We recently installed large water filters, and we provide guests with filtered water dispensers. It's no use using kettles now because they turn yellow after a week," he said.