Monday, March 26, 2012

Sabah rural villages urged to join homestay programmme

KOTA KINABALU: Villages with potential have been urged to join the homestay programme to help people in rural areas earn additional income.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the ministry was working with Malaysian Tourism Ministry, Homestay Association, public and private agencies to further promote the programme.

“Information on this programme is forwarded to all district offices for dissemination to the public,” he said when replying to Abdul Muis Picho (BN-Sebatik) in the state assembly here yesterday.

So far, 17 homestay projects have been established in Sabah involving 25 villages with 230 participants providing 438 rooms to accommodate tourists.

Masidi said following complaints, the ministry conducted checks and found that 28 premises had abused the homestay label.

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