SIBU: The on-going Kanowit Festival has great potential to become the main tourism product for the district, says Assistant Minister of Tourism (Local Events and Products) Datuk Gramong Juna.
He added thus that Kanowit Festival should be organised annually to attract more visitors to Kanowit and enjoy the many exciting activities held throughout the event.
“The last time the Kanowit Festival was held was in 2010. Thus, we hope that the Kanowit District Council will list the Kanowit Festival as one of the annual events for Kanowit District,” he said when speaking at the opening ceremony of Kanowit Regatta 2014 held at the waterfront yesterday.
The Kanowit Regatta 2014 was held as the highlight programme for Kanowit Festival which is held from Sept 19-28, with a beauty queen contest on the final night.
The long boat, speed boat and power boat races were among the exciting events held during the regatta.
Minister for Land Development Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, deputy president of Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) Dato Catherine Gramong, Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent and wife Susan Clement, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Maurice Giri, Sibu Resident Sim Kok Kee, Kanowit District Officer Katis Noel Nyabong and the organising chairman for Kanowit Festival, Cr. Benjamin Angki Kaboy, were also present.
Gramong added that in relation to that, the Kanowit District Council already had an allocation to upgrade the Kanowit Waterfront in preparations for next year’s Kanowit Festival.
“A sum of RM1.5 million has been allocated to upgrade the Kanowit Waterfront, to provide for a safer and more convenient environment for everyone to watch and enjoy this wonderful regatta,” he said, referring to his earlier announcement of a RM8 million government allocation to give the town a facelift.
Gramong said works on the project will commence this year and hopes it will be completed on time for next year’s festival and regatta.
Meanwhile, regarding the Kapit-Song-Kanowit road development project, he said if the Kanowit Bridge project is to be implemented, it will link Kapit, Song and Kanowit districts.
“Thus, the impact from the project will also benefit those in the Kanowit area as development will come in as a result from the road network development projects,” he pointed out.