Monday, July 23, 2012

More flight connectivity vital to growth of Sarawak tourism industry

KUCHING: The government will continue to find ways to increase flight connectivity to the state if it succeeds in turning some beautiful areas here into global tourist destinations.

This is because connectivity to the outside world remains vital in developing and promoting the local Sarawak tourism industry, opined Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The Telaga Air-Lundu tourism corridor has vast potential to become the best tourism spot due to its unique and beautiful landscape,” said Abang Johari, who is also Housing Minister, when officiating at the ‘Bernas-Saberkas Jerayawara Bubur Pedas and Bubur Lambuk 2012’ programme at Masjid As-Salihin at Kampung Telaga Air some 40 kilometres from here.

Recently, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmad announced a 10-year master plan to develop the coastal area of Bau-Lundu into a major tourism and aquaculture spot in the state.

The event was attended by Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Bernas Corporation Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Kamaluddin Mohd Effendie.

Abang Johari also suggested that seminars be organised for the public to help identify sectors and areas which can be developed into popular tourist destinations.

Touching on Telaga Air, he suggested that local tourism players develop deep sea fishing as a tourism product, targeting Singaporean tourists.

“Locals can discard used tyres and old boats at the sea. These discards will make good breeding ground for fishes, creating fish coves that would become a fishing haven,” he explained.