Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sarawak central region’s homestay major tourist draw

SIBU: The homestay programme has been identified as a major tourist attraction to generate income for local communities, said Rudy Anoi, an executive of the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Sibu office yesterday.

According to him, the homestay programme has been growing in popularity among foreign tourists keen to experience the local culture.

They want to experience for themselves the way of life of the local community instead of hearing from others.

He said foreigners are fascinated by local culture and tradition, hence while staying in the longhouses tourists can go about doing what the locals do – like fishing and farming.

Under the homestay programme, tourists would stay together with locals and their families in the longhouses where they would be able to experience their way of life and culture.

The locals on the other hand, would be paid from the package while at the same time be able to sell their handicrafts to the visitors.

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