Tecoma, bloom for tourism boom?
Last Update: 12/03/2019
MELAKA, March 12 (Bernama) – The Melaka government plans to make the flowering season for the Tecoma tree a new tourism product for the state, said chairman for the state Tourism, Heritage and Culture committee Datuk Muhamad Jalani Khamis.
He said to develop a landscape like that of the flowering sakura flowers in Japan, the state government planned to increase the number of tecoma trees to shape a landscape that was beautiful and colourful.
“We will identify the suppliers who can meet the demand for quality tecoma trees to recreate the atmosphere of the sakura flowering season like in the Land of the Rising Sun.
“We will also maintain the existing trees so that they continue to flourish. The state government welcomes suggestions from people in the state,” he told Bernama here today.
Muhamad Jalani was commenting on a Bernama report today of the views of the people who urged the state government to make the tecoma tree a new tourism product for Melaka.
Muhamad Jailani said the state government hoped that efforts to develop the tecoma flowering season would increase the sources of income for the people of Melaka through tourism activities.
“I was told that the tecoma tree is suitable to the weather in this state because it usually blooms in summer. We see this effort will not only benefit the government but also the people,” he said.
According to data in the Melaka State Trees Inventory System (mytrees@melaka), there are currently 1,355 tecoma trees in the state.
The tecoma tree belongs to the Bignoniaceae family of vines, with 12 species from the Americas and another two from Africa.
In Melaka, they can be seen in many areas, including Jasin, Ayer Keroh, Bukit Katil and Bukit Baru.
According to a local resident Salmah Ayob, 42, from Bukit Katil here, the main tourism industry players should make the tecoma flowering areas as tourism sites especially for foreign tourists.
“Locations with the Tecoma tree have the potential as tourist sites for the Visit Melaka Year 2019. I feel the state government should make use of this opportunity to draw tourists,” she told Bernama here today.
Meanwhile in ALOR SETAR, the tecoma tree, dubbed ‘Sakura Kedah’, has changed the landscape in several areas in Kedah, making it seem like the flowering season of the sakura tree in Japan.
The tecoma is often seen lining the sides of the main roads with pink and white flowers, since early this month because of the hot weather and strong sunlight.
“In March,with the hot weather, strong sunlight and longer duration of heat, the plant will flower more,” said Kedah Agriculture Director Eliyas Saad said.
He said although the flowering season is usually in March, the tree could also flower during other times of the year as long as it gets strong sunlight for a prolonged period.
However, he added that the flowering season does not last long, and will end in two to three weeks’ time, maybe even sooner if it rains which would cause the flowers to drop.
In Alor Setar, the roads where the tecoma blooms can be seen include Jalan Langgar, Jalan Kuala Kedah, and parts of the North-South Expressway.