Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sarawak tourism has right stuff to grow

KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has high expectations of the future of the state’s tourism with a new tourism minister appointed and air connectivity improved.

“I am happy to see that in Sarawak, we have developed much newer sophistication in the tourism sector. I have a new minister in-charge of tourism.

“I think he (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan) will tell you (tourism stakeholders) how to market directly through joint efforts instead of keeping to the conventional way,” he said when opening Pullman Kuching Hotel here yesterday.

Dr Chan took over as Tourism and Heritage Minister following a cabinet reshuffle announced in November but effective December 1 last year.

Taib, who is also Finance Minister, said the state’s tourism market “looks very attractive”.

“Lately, we have seen improvement in connectivity, the lack of which had made it difficult to develop eco-tourism in the state in the past. Today, I am very happy to say that the government has taken the initiative to subsidise the building of rural services to most of the tourist destinations.

“We have tremendous amount of tourism products in the country. In the tourism industry, Sarawak has got the best to offer,” he said.

Urging hotels and tour operators to work together and look a head of prospects, the chief minister said: “It is up to you people (tourism stakeholders) to jointly work together and I am sure we will see more successes.”

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