E-Pelancongan will benefit communities

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fifth left) officiates the E-Pelancongan Course Launching ceremony while (from left) Sarawak Convention Bureau acting CEO Amelia Roziman, Pustaka representative Edison Ricket, STB chairman Dennis Ngau, Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, MTAC permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee and STB CEO Sharzede Salleh Askor look on at Imperial hotel, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The newly launched E-Pelancongan online course will be a boon to communities, allowing them to know more about the tourism and business industry in Sarawak.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it also allowed them to gain basic knowledge to involve themselves in local tourism and business events.

“I have full confidence that E-Pelancongan will benefit the local communities.

“Apart from that, they also can be ambassadors of the state by sharing the knowledge that they have learned through the online modules,” he said when officiating at the launch of PANDei E-Pelancongan Course at a hotel here today.

Abdul Karim said to steer Sarawak to be a developed state by 2030, the state government had also established the Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC), in which tourism is one of its important economic sectors.

“Under SEAC, we have identified the aspirations, outcomes, levers and initiatives for the sector.”

He added that under the third Sarawak Tourism Master Plan, Sarawak would be a leading destination for eco-tourism and business events in the Asean region.

“These are by empowering communities to conserve heritage, culture, biodiversity and to promote investment and development through responsible actions.

“The aspiration will be translated into three major outcomes in terms of economic, social and environmental.”

Meanwhile, Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee said the ministry had worked out various e-learning modules for participants together with Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

“In order to make it accessible to everyone, we have made it free. As an incentive, those who complete the whole course will get a certificate from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak.

“The E-Pelancongan modules are formulated to support online learning, which is very much in line with the global digital trend as well as the state government’s emphasis on digital economy,” he said.