Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sarawak to implement two major tourism projects


KUCHING: The government is lining up two big tourism projects to attract visitors from East Asia and neighbouring countries.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday said one of the projects would be the development of the recreational facilities at the lake of a hydroelectric power dam.

Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg will oversee the feasible studies and implementation of the project.

“The lakes at our hydroelectric power dam areas have high eco-tourism potential which will attract a lot of people.”

Taib indicated his interest to oversee the other project to be implemented near the state’s capital but he did not identify what it would be.

“Tourism is one of the industries that can provide better employment than other sectors of the economy.

“You spend RM1 in investment, you will get two-three fold in return,” he said during a question and answer session after delivering his inaugural public lecture – ‘Sarawak Beyond Today: Challenges and Opportunities’ at Pullman Hotel here yesterday.

Along with the two major tourism projects, the state also plans to build facilities to enable cruises from China, Japan and Taiwan among other countries to come to the state.

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