Community-based tourism to provide better opportunities, benefits for locals

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KUCHING: Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh is an advocate of getting the local community involved in the tourism industry via community-based tourism (CBT).

“They are the ones that will sell products, act as guides, manage the area, collect the fees, and so on.

“We provide these products to the community, which is why we formed CBT which is no longer fully controlled by the government but more towards bringing benefits to the community,” he said.

He said this when met at a symposium on the 200-year history of gold mining in Bau District at Grand Margherita Hotel here today.

He said CBT could generate around 1,000 to 2,000 job opportunities should all the requirements and facilities be made available.

He said the cost of creating a CBT-concept tourism product was much more affordable compared to massive development projects.

“Much of the development is carried out as gotong-royong with the community or villagers.

“For instance, at the Merembeh Caving Park, we only spent about RM35,000 and with that we can build the Tourism Information Centre, trail, and so on through the concept of gotong-royong,” said Miro.

He said such developments often raised villager’s spirits and they were excited to see these projects succeed. 

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