Technology will hasten post-Covid-19 tourism recovery

Abang Johari (front, second left) with others at the launch of high-speed broadband Internet connection in Mulu. From front left: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala and Sacofa Sdn Bhd managing director Zaid Zaini.

MULU: Local tourism sector recovery post-Covid-19 can be expedited through technology, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said a world heritage site like Mulu could be better marketed with improved Internet connectivity.

“When all of us are inoculated and travel is feasible, we will market Mulu aggressively and we can have more people coming to Mulu.

“I’m confident that we can recover the tourism industry. While this may take some time, if we have connectivity (here), then the time taken will be shorter.”

Abang Johari said this when officiating at the launch of  high-speed broadband Internet connection here on Wednesday (April 7).

Among the steps taken by the state government to improve Mulu’s prospects in attracting tourists, he added, was equipping the area with high-speed Internet.

“Today when I had breakfast in my room, I found that the Internet speed there was very fast. But it was only limited to my room.

“The others said they couldn’t get similar speeds in their rooms. I thought the fast speed extends to every corner of the resort, turns out this was not the case.

“So we decided that we will upgrade the whole resort with faster Internet and we will discuss this with Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation. Let us know the cost, we will get every corner of the resort equipped with Internet.”

He said with better Internet connection, the only thing left was to get more planes to fly to Mulu.