Sarawak’s oldest national park, the Bako National Park, continues to be a popular destination for local and foreign tourists in the state, receiving an average of 80 visitors daily, Sarawak Forestry Department director Datuk Len Talif Saleh said Wednesday.

He said 31,000 tourists, with 70 per cent of them foreigners, visited the national park last year. The Bako forest was gazetted as a national park in 1957.

“We believe the number of visitors to the park will increase to 100 people a day this year,” he told Bernama at the Kampung Bako jetty near the national park here.

Earlier, Len, who is also Sarawak Forestry Corporation chief executive officer, presented souvenirs contributed by the Association of the Bako National Park Tourist Boat Owners to the first 30 tourists to arrive at the park today.

The function was held in conjunction with the New Year celebration.

Len said infrastructure facilities, including clean water supply, at the national park would be repaired and upgraded and that the federal government had approved a RM3.2 million allocation for the purpose.