Sarawak needs RM100 million to boost tourism

Nancy (seated, second left) tries her hands at making bead jewellery at one of the exhibition stalls set up in connection with the ‘Lan Berambeh’ event in Kampung Batu Kitang Lama near Kuching. — Bernama pic

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK needs over RM100 million to boost its tourism sector as the industry has been hit hard due to the economic uncertainties and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said Sarawak received only about RM5 million in tourism tax revenue that was collected last year while Sabah got RM20 million.

“It is only about half from what we used to have or paid to the state government. Thus, the state government has requested for a RM100 million fund to boost the tourism industry.”

However, she said this did not mean that Sarawak was begging for more money.

“The federal government must know what should be prioritised during the meeting on the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) later,” she said, according to the Borneo Post.

She also told elected representatives in Sarawak to highlight 10 potential products from their respective constituencies as they needed to work together to revitalise the tourism industry.

“They should highlight 10 potential tourism products in each of their respective constituencies. It can be interesting places, delicacies, the specialty of that particular area and why visitors should go there,” she said during the Lan Berambeh’ event in Kampung Batu Kitang Lama on Sunday.

The Batang Sadong MP cited Kampung Batu Kitang Lama as another example of a potential tourism product, in view of the area’s historical value, its diverse population and also its numerous natural attractions.

“With the reintroduction of the ferry service at Kampung Batu Kitang Lama to attract visitors, the area and the riverbanks can be enhanced as well. There are numerous potential tourism products to be developed further. We need the leaders and people to come forward together,” she added.

 

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