Sarawak tourism players looking forward to working with new minister

KUCHING: Sarawak’s tourism players are looking forward to working with new Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri to boost the industry in the state.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Nancy’s appointment was appropriate as she had “passion and flair” for the portfolio.

“I am sure she will be able to steer Malaysian tourism, arts and culture to greater heights.

“Our state ministry will work together with her ministry to boost Sarawak tourism, focusing on culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals,” he said.

Nancy is one of four ministers from Gabungan Parti Sarawak appointed to the new Federal Cabinet by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Following her appointment, the Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) said it looked forward to being part of efforts to promote and develop Sarawak as a preferred tourism destination.

“We also support encouraging domestic tourism in Malaysia.”

The federation called on the Federal Government to consider giving financial assistance to inbound agencies, hoteliers, homestay operators and tourist guides to tide them over for the next six months, as the industry grapples with the impact of Covid-19.

STF also wanted the 15% discount on monthly electricity bills for hotels and tourism players announced in the 2020 economic stimulus package to be extended to Sabah and Sarawak.

“STF was made to understand at the recent Malaysian Association of Hotels annual general meeting that the hotel electricity discount only applies to Peninsular Malaysia players, specifically those under the Tenaga Nasional Bhd grid.

“We hope this stimulus can also be provided to Sabah and Sarawak tourism players,” it said. — By SHARON LING

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