Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sarawak's Tourism better served if RM3.3 bln can address logistics

KUCHING: The problems of logistics will continue to be the bane of Sarawak’s tourism sector if the RM3.3 billion set aside for basic amenities and infrastructure by Budget 2009 is not used to link potential tourism sites in the state, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Gracie Geikie.

She said that having roads built to link places like Kapit to the rest of the state would facilitate tour packages as the roads would cut down travel time and in turn, cost.

“Although we’d like to term it as exotic to indulge in travelling the rugged way, time and cost are still two important factors,” she told The Borneo Post in an interview at her office here yesterday.

In fact, Gracie said, she had even brought this up to MASwings for a possibility of reactivating the Sibu-Kapit route or the Kuching-Kapit route.

She pointed out that Kapit had products that were simple yet very cultural and nature-based and this, combined with Pelagus area, could just prove to be the next best thing for tourists.

Besides the longhouse excursions, Kapit was also rich in its history boasting stories from the Rajah Brooke’s time and also the confrontations with insurgence, she added.

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