Homestay has potential in becoming main tourist attraction — Dr Dawos


KUCHING: The holidaying experience at a homestay resort can be dull due to the lack or absence of any programmes to it exciting and memorable.

Deputy Minister of Tourism Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit said homestays had the potential to become a main tourist attraction if they offer exciting activities especially those that were eco-tourism related.

As such, he advised proprietors of homestays to spice up their programmes by getting their guests to experience nature as well as the cultural diversity in the state.

“Diversify the activities of the homestay programmes. It is not just about providing lodging but also to provide an unforgettable experience for the guests.

“In line with this, I hope homestay programmes, no matter where they are located, can do more nature programmes as well as cultural ones as these are attractions to tourists,” he said.

Dawos, who is also Mambong member of parliament, mentioned these in his closing remarks at the Gawai celebration at Kampung Annah Rais, 60km from here, Saturday night.

On another matter, he said the Ministry was now in the stage of outlining a more strategic and practical strategy to boost the eco-tourism sector in the country.

He said the current masterplan based on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recommendations in 1999 were too theoretical and difficult to follow.

He also said a new masterplan was needed so that the eco-tourism sector as one of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) could generate high income in line with the aspirations of the 10th Malaysian Plan (10MP) that was tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last Thursday.

“I will help in outlining a new strategy that is more practical and easier to understand. It will be based on strategies that have long been practised by the developed countries in Europe,” he said.