KOTA KINABALU: Local resort owners should take advantage of the declining Ringgit value to attract more foreign tourists to visit Sabah.
Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said said that there was optimism that Sabah tourism will grow with a weaker Ringgit and as such local tourism players should take the initiative to woo them to come to the state.
“This can be done through the provision or offer of attractive packages and incentives, with the cooperation of the state and federal tourism agencies,” he told reporters after attending a brainstorming session on Tourism Masterplan for Kadamaian, on Monday.
Salleh said with the existing favourable foreign exchange rate, foreign tourists would spend less coming to Malaysia.
As such, he said local tourism players play a vital role to help generate income or revenue for the country and the state.
Meanwhile, Salleh, who is Sabah Umno Liaison deputy chairman, hoped for federal government leaders to be cautious in announcing mega projects to avoid any unnecessary implication.
He said what was important was to implement immediately approved projects after securing allocation as this approach was more effective in winning the hearts and minds of the people.
“We should not be over excited in announcing the implementation of mega or big projects without taking into consideration the country’s economic situation and the government’s financial standing,” he said.
Salleh said the people were awaiting for any announcement on project implementation, and as such it should be carried out carefully, taking into consideration all factors, including the current economic environment.
These included declining oil prices in the world market, devalution of Malaysian Ringgit as well as the enormous loss due to the floods in the east coast states of peninsula which needed big allocations for redevelopment, he added.
“I think it is better we implement first a project and later launch the completed project and only then we start talking about government development agenda.
“If we announce first, the people surely will wait for that project to be in place, and if the government fails to turn it into a reality or is late to implement, it may bring negative implications to the government,” he said.
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