Go-ahead for homestay programme

PENANG Tourism Co-operative Bhd (Kopel)’s homestay programme will go ahead despite a change in the state government.

Kopel executive adviser Muha-mad Farid Saad said the programme would be promoted as planned.

Kopel initiated the homestay project with the support of Implementation and Co-ordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department.

About 200 rooms in nine villages had been renovated, at a cost of RM2mil, for the programme.

“We are ready to welcome tourists now,” he said.

Farid said the stakeholders must work hard to ensure the success of the programme.

The nine villages involved are Pulau Betong, Jalan Baru, Teluk Bahang, Pulau Aman, Sungai Sembilang, Sungai Duri, Setar, Chenaam and Mengkuang Titi.

“We are also going a step further to promote signature products in each of the village,” he said.

Farid, who was former state Bumiputra Tourism Committee chairman under the previous administration, said all the activities planned for the homestay programme would also go on as proposed.

Farid, who is the Pulau Betong assemblyman, said state development officers nationwide had visited one of the villages and they were impressed with the planning.

He said they had also asked Kopel to share its knowledge in introducing the homestay programme.

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