New Straits Times
John Teo's article in Wavelength in the New Straits Times today touched on the state of tourism in Sarawak. It reads:
Maybe that was why I was not quite enthusiatic in my last blog on the recently launched tourism strategy. John Teo has hit the nail on the head in several of the comments about the state of toursim here. Sample the number of tourists you get to see in Kuching with those in Kuala Lumpur, or Kota Kinabalu against the extensive 'tourism promotions' that we have unleashed be it here or in International Tourism Trade Fairs/Exhibitions. I'll agree with John that it just does not add up. More needs to be done and I hope the right people can come up with the right solutions for promoting Sarawak - and to succeed at it. Next year is Visit Malaysia Year 2007. Sarawak Tourism Board website to date is still under construction. We will be competing with the other States in the country. Online communities like PenangLive have started the race early. Several websites like Visit Malaysia (Canada) puts Sarawak images up front.
Let's see the development in the next few weeks. Like John, I love Sarawak and we Sarawakians have a lot to show and share with the rest of the world. The tourism economic sector has been identified as one of the main contributor to help Sarawak uplift its reliance on other depleting economic sectors like timber harvest - these natural resources will one day be gone.