THE revenue generated by homestay operators in Sarawak has been on the rise.
Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Gramong Juna said the total revenue from homestays increased by 33% from RM1.61mil in 2012 to RM2.15mil last year, while this year it reached RM3.07mil in the first nine months.
“We are trying our best to improve the homestay industry, for example by holding courses for operators to be more innovative and to find ways of ensuring their guests stay longer,” he told Martin Ben (BN-Kedup) during question time.
Gramong said 469 homestay operators from 31 villages and longhouses were registered with the Tourism Ministry as of September this year.
He said they comprised 180 operators in Kuching division, 127 in Miri, 41 in Samarahan, 32 in Sibu and 29 in Limbang.
There were also 10 operators each in Sri Aman and Mukah, 12 in Kapit, 19 in Sarikei and nine in Betong.
Meanwhile, Assistant Environment Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the state government had no plans to dredge the Rajang River as part of flood mitigation measures for Sibu.
Replying to Yap Hoi Liong (DAP-Dudong), he said dredging was not cost-effective.
“A study by the Drainage and Irrigation Department found that dredging a 101km stretch from Sibu to Sarikei would cost RM1.6bil.
“However, we have a flood mitigation masterplan for Sibu which will be implemented in the long term. In the short and medium term, we will continue to repair and maintain the drainage system from time to time,” he said.
Assistant Public Utilities Minister Datuk Sylvester Entri told the House that 213 alternative water supply systems had been implemented in the state under the National Key Results Areas (NKRA) programme.
He said they comprised 43 rainwater harvesting systems, 77 gravity-fed systems and 93 non-conventional water treatment systems.