Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tourism potential in Santubong needs to be restored urgently

SANTUBONG: Facilities at tourist attraction areas of the Santubong peninsula and wetlands national park would undergo major restoration and upgrading works to further enhance its appeal to the visitors.

A product visit to the area led by Tourism and Heritage Ministry permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik yesterday revealed that some of the facilities were in bad condition and requires immediate attention.

He believed that failing to do so would add to its already slight dented image which might affect its tourist volume.

The programme yesterday also invited some 40 tourism players and stakeholders to get their feedback.

“Our visit to the two areas today is to compile our tourism inventory to see how the products are, following the conclusion of our tourism lab. Part of the lab’s finding revealed that facilities in some tourism products that we have are in need of upgrades and repairs.

“The inspection revealed that some of the facilities were quite rundown and needed repairs to maintain its appeal to the visitors,” said Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) president Audry Wan Ullok to The Borneo Post after the completion of the visit.

Audry commented that some of the products also needed to be packaged properly and that more promotions were needed.

Citing the wetlands national park as an example, she stressed that there were lots of talk about watching dolphins at the area but in reality, not many actually knew about it.

“Unfortunately, not many people actually knew about the dolphin watch. The dolphin-mangrove watch tour is not generating a positive volume but there are a lot of possibilities to this downside.

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