Sunday, April 10, 2011

RM46 mln for Sarawak’s tourism industry

KUCHING: The Tourism Ministry has allocated RM46 million to develop the tourism industry in Sarawak under the Tenth Malaysia Plan.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit said it was to ensure Sarawak was among the top choice for both domestic and foreign tourists.

“Therefore, the ministry will not only focus on the effort to lure foreign tourists, but also conduct programmes such as the ‘Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia’ (CC1M) which can increase the domestic tourism profile,” he said.

Mambong MP Dawos was speaking at the CC1M travel fair in conjunction with the Sarawak Domestic Sales Mission at tHe Spring yesterday.

According to Dawos, a total of RM169.5 million had been allocated under the Ninth Malaysia plan with 99.7 per cent or RM169.052,899 from the total fund spent.

He added that in 2010 alone, the state had seen RM715,243 in profit from ‘homestay’ tourism, compared to RM656,998 in 2009 – an increase of 8.8 per cent.

Dawos said the programme held at Johor, Sabah and Terengganu involved 245 tourism and related agencies

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