Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sarawak's Sematan Carnival using crabs to pull in more tourists

SEMATAN (Sarawak): This seaside town, 110km west of Kuching, is trying to lure visitors through their stomachs – by promoting its delicious crabs at the inaugural Sematan Carnival and Crab Fest.

Besides an exhibition on the crustacean, there are stalls offering live crabs and a variety of crab dishes such as crab sandwiches, soft-shelled crab burgers and fried rice with crabstick

Activities during the three-day carnival which started on Friday, include crab-cooking competition, guessing the number of crabs in a glass jar and a quiz on crabs.

The carnival is jointly organised by the state Urban Development and Tourism Ministry, Agriculture Department and Kuching Resident’s Office to promote this town as a tourist destination.

Launching the carnival yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the carnival would help promote the crab industry here and introduce its attractions such as the beautiful beaches, corals, seafood and two nearby national parks to visitors.

“Tourism infrastructure and facilities here have been upgraded and this will help draw in more visitors. For example, there are now home-stay programmes in several villages in the district,” he said.

He also said the crab industry here would continue to be developed by the Agriculture Department in collaboration with a private company, Kumpulan Muhandis Sdn Bhd, as well as with the assistance from foreign agencies such as Danish Cooperation for Environment and Development.

Source: The Star

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