Brighter days for homestay operators

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah predicts that the income of homestay operators will increase by 2030.

“In 2019, a total of RM4.48 million homestay receipts were generated by 44 registered homestay clusters in Sarawak.

“By increasing the number of homestay clusters to 60 by 2030, my ministry expects to increase the current average annual household income of RM8,401 to RM13,700 per homestay operator with an annual growth of five percent,” he said.

He was launching the E-Pelancongan programme at a hotel here today.

Abdul Karim said the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is trying to help local communities to participate in community-based tourism.

“These include homestay, local hosts, traditional food, craft and souvenirs to reap benefits from tourism, especially in raising their household income.

“I sincerely hope that during this difficult time, all our tourism players and partners will come together in unity as one big tourism family,” he said.

Abdul Karim said the operators must embrace the programmes and initiatives that were continuously put in place to build a stronger, more sustainable and resilient tourism economy.

“The current pandemic crisis is truly an opportunity for us to rethink our tourism for the future. I am very confident that the measures put in place today will shape tourism of tomorrow, for Sarawak,” he said.