Positive response to local tourism packages

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KUCHING: Sarawakians have responded positively to the tourism packages offered under the Sia Sitok Sarawak 1 and 2 tourism campaign as well as the Sia Sitok Sarawak Accommodation intrastate staycation campaign.

Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that according to feedbacks received by the ministry, Sarawakian were able to spend time and appreciate the beauty in their own state.

“We have also just launched the Sia Sitok Sarawak Accommodation intrastate staycation campaign, offering a 50 percent discount on accommodation rates for hotels and resorts registered under the Malaysia Association of Hotel (MAH) Sarawak Chapter.

“The response from this campaign is also very good and this indicates the people’s rising confidence levels and how they are ready to get back to travelling,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Jom Ke Sarawak (JKS) interstate campaign at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Friday (Oct 15).

Under the Sia Sitok 1 tourism campaign which was launched last year, a total of 942 bookings were made involving 5,644 people, while under the Sia Sitok 2 tourism campaign, 507 bookings were made involving 3,623 people.

As for the Sia Sitok Sarawak Accommodation campaign, there were 2,122 bookings for rooms that have been received since its launch on Oct 1.

Later in a press conference, Abdul Karim said that he would be visiting Lusong Laku in Belaga this weekend to see the tourism potential there.

“The area is beautiful. I have to admit I got a lot of admiration for it even though I have not been to the place itself. That is why I am looking forward to my trip,” he said.

He described the view of the Lusong Laku waterfall as fascinating which is similar to the Niagara Falls in the United States.

“You don’t find any places like this in Sarawak or any river having that kind of natural beauty,” he said.

However, he noted that the only problem to get there was the logistics as it would take about six to seven hours to reach the place via jungle road and apart from that there is no accommodation facility.

Asked if there are any plans to turn the area into a tourism spot, Abdul Karim said: “Of course, if it’s to be opened as a tourism site, I am very sure it will be able to pull in the crowds… That might come in the future, once we have better infrastructure and connectivity.

“As it is now, the only way to get into that place fast is by helicopter. That is why I am going there by helicopter. It will take me an hour from Bintulu.

“I know that a lot of people would love to visit the area. So, I will have a look first as the area will probably be one of our natural wonders,” said Abdul Karim.

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