Nature-based tourism is an increasingly significant economic resource for developing countries. However, in such countries the development and management of nature-based tourism destinations are bedeviled by structural and operational limitations in local planning processes. The Malaysian experience provides a salient case in point. This article outlines the problems and constraints facing local and national decision makers during the development and promotion of nature-based tourism in the State of Perlis. Three key governance issues constraining the effective development of natural tourism opportunities are discussed. These issues are identified as
(1) weaknesses of government policies,
(2) disorganized administration systems, and
(3) limited operational budget.
The article proposes that in order for the State of Perlis to pursue and develop a sustainable nature-based tourism industry these issues must be urgently addressed.