Friday, March 26, 2010

Batang Ai Resort praised for promoting Sarawak

BATANG AI: The 15-year-old Batang Ai Longhouse Resort has successfully promoted the state to the world by providing services like no other.“Hilton has made the right decision when it took on the resort. It has promoted eco-tourism very well to the rest of the world,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan on Tuesday during the resort’s 15th anniversary dinner.

He said it was all because of good teamwork and cooperation of the villagers and longhouses, and the resort’s good management and workers.

Dr Chan who is also Tourism and Heritage Minister pointed out the state’s strong point is eco-tourism.

“Tourists and visitors want to see nature and wildlife. That is why the resort provides authentic traditional services.

“There is no such thing as modern high class facilities here. Visitors come and experience things as they are. They want to see the jungle, monkeys, orang utan and nature,” said Dr Chan.

“Hilton figured out that people coming here are eco-tourism people. They have different targets. They actually want raw nature. It’s a different ballgame altogether.”

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort general manager Peter Simson congratulated the resort’s 68 staff members for making the resort a success.

“We have 68 staff members of whom 18 will complete 15 years with the resort this year. There are also those who have been here for 10 years,” said Simson.

He said the staff members were recruited from the 26 of 29 surrounding longhouses in Batang Ai.

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