Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sarawak promotes eco-tourism through overseas academic collaboration

KUCHING: The second annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium being held in London last week was one of the opportunities to promote Sarawak as an eco-tourism destination through academic collaboration in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.

Sarawak Housing and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg took the opportunity to promote and market Sarawak as an eco-tourism destination at the event, which was held on March 9 at the historical Balliol College, Oxford University in London.

The Sarawak Tourism Ministry hosted a dinner for the 210 symposium participants, comprising academicians, researchers and scientists from United Kingdom, Europe and Southeast Asian countries, where guests were also entertained to a 30-minute Sarawak Cultural extravaganza by dancers from the Sarawak Cultural Village.

“The minister was given the honour and privilege to address the audience,” said the ministry in a statement released here today.

It said a special paper on “Edible Bird Nest” in Borneo was also shared by Datuk Seri Lord Cranbrook, who had done extensive research in Sarawak on its rich biodiversity and ecosystem as well as written a few books and articles on Sarawak and Borneo.