Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Baram Regatta to be promoted aggressively in future

MARUDI: The state government will promote the historic Baram Regatta aggressively to both local and international tourists as part of a concerted effort to boost the state’s tourism industry.

Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Talip Zulpilip said the regatta, which was first held in 1899, deserved to be popularised as, among others, it had proven to be a major ‘unifying force’ for the multi-racial communities in Baram.

Promoting the regatta properly would also do wonders to Marudi in terms of becoming an important centre for water-based sports tourism and business.

“I can assure the people of Baram that the regatta will be aggressively promoted both locally and abroad. But the people must continue to make the event a success and even grander in future,” Talip said at the finale of the regatta here on Sunday.

Also present were the organising chairman Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran and Miri Resident Antonio Kahti Galis.

Talip said he believed one of the best ways to turn the regatta into a huge success would be to introduce a homestay programme as the event was a crowd-puller.

He revealed that foreign tourists loved homestay-type of accommodation, so locals should take advantage of this money-generating opportunity.

“But the people here must continue to appreciate and strengthen unity and harmony here. Without it investors will not come to Marudi. When this happens, other types of development initiative would also be hampered,” he stressed.

Earlier, Sylvester thanked the people, including the state government and sponsors, for making the regatta a success.

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