Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sarawak resorts and homestay programme can increase tourist revenue

SANTUBONG, Damai and Buntal are already famous for their resorts and have the potential to be developed further to bring in the tourist dollars.

Since 2006, 11 people from Kampung Buntal have entered a homestay programme but many still are in the dark as to the existence of this homestay.

“There are many tourist attractions here but we cannot promote it thoroughly,” said Junaidi Buyok, the new chairman of Kampung Buntal Homestay.

He explained that in 2006, 20 people had taken the homestay programme course but only 11 from this village had been chosen to take part in the programme led by Junaidi’s late wife Rosnani Rosli as the chairperson. Rosnani died in a road accident in August this year.

He said the programme was under Community Development Department (Kemas) until 2007 but now it is placed under State Tourism Ministry.

According to Junaidi, an allocation of RM5,000 had been distributed to the 11 participants to upgrade the toilet facilities in their respective houses in Kampung Buntal.

Besides that, Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) had also helped this programme by promoting handicrafts, seafood products and its by-products like ‘keropok lekor’ Sarawak, ‘belacan’ (fish and prawn paste) and also salted fish to sell to tourists during the Kampung Buntal Agrotourism Fest and World Rainforest Music Festival last July.

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