Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Low count on Sarawak homestay

THE homestay business in Sarawak is still at its lowest.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said there were only 19 villages with homestay operators throughout the state and most were unsuccessful.

Of the 19 villages, she revealed that only five homestays were considered active.

“The relevant tourism bodies in Sarawak ought to sit down, study this and report back to the ministry so that we know what is lacking and should be improved. This applies for all tourism products in the state aside from homestays,” she said during a stop-over at Homestay Santubong near Kuching on Sunday.

Ng said her ministry supported homestays as it not only promoted the greening of the earth through its “Plant a tree” programme but also shares with the world the Malaysian culture and lifestyle.

“Homestay is part of our nation building as its ambition is to bring tourism to rural areas and develop the economy in the area. It was found that one-third of tourists want authenticity and homestays provide this,” she explained.

Dr Ng said for a homestay to work, the most important thing operators need to pay attention to is cleanliness and hygiene.

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