KUCHING: A call has been made for the Tourism Ministry to include local culture into homestay promotional programmes in Sarawak.
Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos said culture was one of the important components of Malay-sian tourism, and as far as homestay programmes were concerned.
“Homestays in Sarawak are easy to promote because the state has a very unique culture. It is my hope that the ministry via Tourism Malaysia would promote both culture and homestay together,” he said at the presentation of certificates to participants of a homestay programme at Kampung Senah Rayang here yesterday.
Dawos said his former ministry should continue to help homestay operators in Sarawak in terms of promotion and publicity abroad.
He also wanted Tourism Malaysia to continue providing management training to Sarawakian homestay participants from time to time so that they could maintain and improve their services and management.
Dawos believed that such programme would not only benefit the participants but also those within the community where the homestays were being run.
He highlighted that locals could gain from several sideline activities such as selling handicraft and traditional items as well as herbal health products.
To date, the Tourism Ministry has registered 29 homestays offering 597 rooms in Sarawak and involving 435 operators.