Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Focus on unique homestay programme to boost Sarawak tourism

SPECIAL attention will be given to the homestay programme in Sarawak this year to boost the tourism industry.

Tourism Malaysia State director, Mohd Johanif Mohd Ali, said Sarawak homestays were unique as travellers would get to experience the true cultures and traditions of the various ethnic groups.

“In Sarawak, homestays can be found in the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu and Melanau villages,” he said.

He pointed out that Sarawak homestays were very popular among Malaysians from the peninsula.

“We learned that many people from Kuala Lumpur preferred the homestay programme instead of putting up in hotels because they find the homestay experience more interesting,” he said.

Johanif said the Gawai Dayak celebration and the longhouses were some of the unique features in Sarawak, but not many peninsular Malaysians had information about the celebration and the longhouses.

He said Sarawak was actually a state which had a unique mix of cultures and many wonders to see.

“These are Sarawak’s strength and niche products. So what we need to do now is to prepare a variety of activities to complement the programme.

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