KUANTAN: A homestay programme will be introduced in Sungai Lembing, a popular tourist destination in Pahang, by end of the year.
According to Pahang Tourism Action Council general manager Mohd Idrus Yahya said it was high time for the former tin mining town to be included in the programme as its rich history and natural products should be given exposure.
“We have embarked on a process to include Sungai Lembing in a homestay programme with the Tourism Ministry.
“The process takes about six months as we want to ensure facilities in homes of participants are up to standard.
“We should launch the programme by end of the year,” he said when met after opening a homestay seminar in Sungai Lembing near here recently.
More than 60 participants were present at the one-day seminar aimed at creating awareness on the programme and its benefits.
Mohd Idrus also said Sungai Lembing had many attractions in one place, adding that there were mountains, scenic hills, waterfalls and rivers in pristine condition.
It also had the longest tin mine in the world, he said.
“It will definitely draw tourists, be they locals or foreigners.
“There are big attractions waiting to be explored in Sungai Lembing and the homestay programme will help develop the town as a tourist attraction,” he said.
He said the Tourism Action Council and Kuantan Municipal Council planned to organise a carnival in Sungai Lembing in July to highlight it as a place to visit.
The two-day carnival would have, among others, a variety of sports events, a tour of the town and sale of local products, he added.