Thursday, September 08, 2011

Bekenu, Miri spreads out tour attractions

MIRI: Bekenu is poised to be developed as a tourism hub especially for agro-tourism and homestay programmes.

Its assemblyman Rosey Yunus says as Bekenu is the nearest district to Miri city and it has good infrastructure, it has the potential to be developed into a tourism asset.

“We already have two homestays here — the Kedayan Homestay at Bungai and Rumah Panjang Patrick Libau.

“We are also going to have another homestay at Kuala Sibuti soon,” she told reporters after a Hari Raya open house visit by the Head of State and his wife at her residence yesterday.

The former educationist added that the beautiful landscape, huge orchard farms, unique Kedayan and Iban culture, the presence of archaeological heritage of Niah Caves and beautiful diving spots off Bekenu were some of the added advantage of the area.

“We are working closely with the Tourism Ministry as well as the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority to develop the cottage industry too,” she said, adding that she was also focussed on developing basic amenities for her constituency.

“For now we have managed to ensure that at least 90% of the people in Bekenu have basic amenities like roads, water and electricity,” she said, adding that the RM2mil Sepupok Water scheme launched this year would be completed by mid next year.

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