KUCHING: Sarawak plans to do more for its tourism industry, says its Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister.
In recent years, the industry has been shorn of improvement and exciting programmes, relying mostly on the Rainforest World Music Festival to draw in the tourist count.
“Visit Sarawak 2019 is an ongoing campaign promoting Sarawak to the eyes of the world,” said Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the Rainforest in the City (RITC) press conference here yesterday.
He said Kuching had plenty of space available for potential tourism activities, and that would be the ministry’s focus for the future.
“Usually, the main events conducted here in Kuching are situated at the Kuching Waterfront area. With the ongoing Visit Sarawak 2019 campaign, the ministry would like to expand to more potential areas, to be made into tourism hotspots.”
“A lot of effort has been done to pull in tourism here and Kuching is getting bigger and exciting with various events and activities organised throughout Sarawak.
“We will look into potential expansion in future,” he said, adding that areas such as the Sarawak Museum gardens could be the next place to conduct exciting tourism events.
“As for the RITC, a new surprise this year, the ministry is looking forward to it. If it is a potential tourism draw, then why not make it an annual event,” he added.