Saturday, February 04, 2017

Eco-tourism master plan to make Lundu, Sematan tourism hub

LUNDU: An eco-tourism master plan has been approved for Lundu and Sematan to turn these two towns in Tanjong Datu into a tourism hub, says Lundu District officer Hamsien Atar.

He said the master plan was approved by the state government sometime last year.

“The master plan will turn Lundu and Sematan into an eco-tourism hub as we have all the elements here such as the sea, beaches, mountains, rivers, islands and flora and fauna such as the Rafflesia flowers which is found at Gunung Gading National park

“So this master plan will take advantage of what we have to attract more tourists coming here the whole year round,” Hamsien told The Borneo Post at his office here yesterday.

He said for the master plan to be successful, there must be enough facilities such as hotels and resorts to cater to the needs of the tourists.

“At the moment, we do not have enough of such facilities. So we are hoping that once the master plan is launched, we will be able to get the private sector to participate in the development of Lundu and Sematan,” he said.

Hamsien added that besides eco-tourism, plans were afoot to build more colleges for the growing needs of the people in the district.

“We also have a plan for Lundu to have light industries to provide job opportunities for the people in this district. Currently, we have some people involved in cottage industry such as handicraft and Malay traditional pastry. So, in the long run, we hope to expand these industries for the tourists,” he said.

Santubong MP Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar had recently revealed that the government planned to make both Lundu and Sematan as major tourism destinations in Sarawak.

He said the master plan would be unveiled as part of the BN manifesto in the Tanjong Datu by-election.

“We will unveil our manifesto which will contain our blueprint for Lundu. This include the waterfront projects for both Lundu and Sematan and beautification projects for both towns to attract tourists to Tanjong Datu,” Wan Junaidi told a press conference at PBB headquarters in Kuching on Wednesday.