Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mooncake Festival has huge tourism potential

KUCHING: The annual Mooncake Festival has good tourism potential if it is promoted well.

Minister of Urban Development and Tourism Datuk Michael Manyin said the festival might not appear to have any attraction to the local people but to foreign tourists, it could be special.

“We have for a long time a unique tourism product in the Mooncake Festival and it can be a good tourist draw if it is really promoted and marketed,” he said at the launch of Sarawak’s Longest Charity Mooncake at India Street mall yesterday.

He said Sarawak had many tourism resources, and for it to be successful in the industry, everyone had roles to play.

“When I was in France last week, I said that we are not competing with Europe in the tourism trade. We have our own products and they (Europeans) were surprised to hear that we have so many indigenous groups, each having its own culture, living in this country,” he said.

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