KUCHING: A multi-million ringgit Damai Cove Bazaar project is in the pipeline to give a major boost to the premier tourism destination in the Santubong peninsula near here.
The project, to be undertaken by the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), would have a mini water theme park.
It would be on a 3.2ha site between Holiday Inn Resort Damai Beach and Holiday Inn Resort Damai Lagoon and front the popular Sarawak Cultural Village overlooking the South China Sea.
SEDC Tourism and Leisure division director Jeffrey Wei said the proposed bazaar would have shops selling souvenirs and crafts, food and beverages as well as fishing rods.
There would also be shops renting out bicycles to enable tourists to explore the Damai tourism belt.
The project site has natural streams, and there would be picnic areas for the family. A jetty would also be built.
The project was conceived to add new attractions to enhance the existing tourism products there.
We also want Damai to be more accessible to the locals, Wei said in an interview at Holiday Inn Resort Damai Beach yesterday.
Construction work on the project is expected to begin next year and completed in two to three years.
Also on the drawing board is a proposed walkway that would link the five hotels and tourism-related properties owned by the SEDC in the Damai enclave.
The proposed walkway will enable tourists to explore Damai, enjoy nature and the mountain, view the beautiful sunset and take them to secluded beaches, said Wei.
The project is also targeted for implementation next year.