A total of 299 participants from 19 villages throughout Sarawak have registered for the homestay programme under the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Datuk Hj Hamden Ahmad, said those villages that have shown positive performance were Annah Rais, Panglima Seman Lama, Mongkos, Benuk and Satubong.
“They earn an income averaging RM10,000 each year since the last two years. According to statistics each village received about 500 visitors in the period from January until September this year.”
He said this in reply to a question posed by Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail (BN-Bukit Kota) in the State Legislative Assembly yesterday.
“Compared to the very developed programme in Peninsular Malaysia, homestay here is still in the infancy stage. Thanks to the Federal Government for introducing the programme here, which has improved the living standard of the local participants.”
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