High hopes for local tourism, arts and culture industries

Toursim,Arts and Culture Ministry Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee (centre) representing Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah presenting the souvenir to Kampung Santubong Headman Penghulu Suhaili Kifli (right) representing Santubong Petanque club while Koperasi Belia Inovatif Sarawak (KOBIS) Chairman Zaiwin Kassim (left) looks on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes the Kenyalang Tourism Booster 2021 programme will inspire its participants to take up the challenge to jointly develop the tourism, arts and culture industries in Sarawak.

 “I also hope that the programme will inspire you all to venture into the digital and hybrid tourism, arts and culture industries, especially in the sports, marine, eco and cultural tourism segments,” he added,

Abdul Karim said this in his speech read by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee at the Kenyalang Tourism Booster@Damai programme at Kampung Santubong on Sunday (Nov 28).

The minister expressed his gratitude to the programme’s strategic partners and the communities of Kampung Santubong, as well as to the participants in making the Kenyalang Tourism Booster programme a success in the village.

“Since the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic last year, many economic sectors in our country have been affected including the tourism, arts and culture industries.

“However, as our country has entered the recovery phase, Kenyalang Tourism Booster is one of the initiatives organised to help not only the tourism, arts and culture industries but also the local entrepreneurs.”

Abdul Karim also expressed his confidence that the Kenyalang Tourism Booster 2021 programme would promote Sarawak tourism industry and indirectly lure more tourists and visitors to the state.

“I believe this year’s programme has succeeded in encouraging the Sarawak tourism industry to provide more economic and employment opportunities.

“The dynamic collaboration within Sarawak’s tourism industry ecosystem also indirectly benefits our various tourism industries,” added the minister.

Toursim,Arts and Culture Ministry Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee (scond right) representing Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah accompanied by Koperasi Belia Inovatif Sarawak (KOBIS) Chairman Zaiwin Kassim (third right) visiting the exhibitions at the Kenyalang Tourism Booster programme. Photo: Ramidi Subari
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