Yussibnosh (seated centre) and others after the workshop.

MUKAH: All parties in the tourism industry need to cooperate to make Mukah division a popular tourist destination.

Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo said this year was very challenging to the tourism industry in Sarawak and throughout the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In spite of that, he said the people have to look forward and find ways while adapting to the new normal to ensure that the tourism industry in the state would not be continuously ‘paralysed’.

“Currently, the government is focusing on tourism in the state,” he said when officiating at the first series of the Mukah Division Tourism Strategic Planning Workshop at the New Mukah Administrative Centre here on Friday.

He explained that the tourism industry was very important because it did not only generate income to those directly involved, but also to the society at large.

“When tourists come to our town, they would visit attractive and unique places and spend some money on food, craft products, transportation and others,” he said.

Yussibnosh also said that Mukah district has a lot to offer such as the many historical heritage sites like ‘jerunei’, hanging coffins and the traditional giant swing ‘tibou’.

He added this district also has sorts of mini museums at Lamin Dana and Sapan Puloh in Kampung Seri Tellian (Tellian Tengah), while Dalat, Matu, Daro and Tanjung Manis too have their own tourist products.

He described the workshop as a good platform to obtain input and feedback in terms of the tourism products such as handicrafts, culture, and places which tourists would like to know and visit.

Yussibnosh hoped that the outcome from the workshop would be compiled and promoted and made available using digital technology.

Mukah Division Resident Hamdiah Bakir in her welcoming address said the workshop was also aimed at identifying issues and discussing ideas.