KUCHING: Ecotourism will be the focus of Sarawak’s tourism promotion as identified in the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy 2030.
Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah with this, his ministry is currently working closely with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in promoting ecotourism products such as Sarawak Delta Geopark, Heart of Borneo and Totally Protected Areas (TPAs) in Sarawak.
“With the restarting of tourism, we have seen an increase in visitors to national parks.
“Formulation of management plan (conservation and visitors management) for gazetted national parks in Sarawak is another key goal under the PCDS 2030.
“And for this reason, my ministry is working with SFC to set a target of three management plans to be completed yearly,” he said.
He said this in his ministerial winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today (Nov 30).
Abdul Karim added for 2022, development of management plans for Gunung Mulu National Park, Bako National Park, and Lambir Hills National Park in progress, while the ministry targets to complete 30 management plans by 2030.
“These efforts would enable Sarawak to further develop and enhance its tourism destinations and attractions to the domestic and international markets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” he said.
He also said as the Sarawak Delta Geopark has been officially proclaimed as Malaysia’s sixth national geopark this year, hence, efforts have been made to develop and promote tourism products of geotrails in Kuching and Bau area such as having site visits and workshops with stakeholders and tourism industry.
“Promotional materials which include maps, brochures, and videos will be produced to promote the Sarawak Delta Geopark,” he said.