KUCHING: The coastal area of Bako, which is known for its rich flora and fauna, will continue to be the focal point for tourists especially if seafood restaurants are plentiful there.
According to Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip proper planning needed to be carried out to ensure the area, which includes Bako National Park, would continue to be the focus of tourists and the local community. The area’s potential should be harnessed by the local residents to create tourism-based products. He made the call when officiating at the opening of Bako Fest 2015 at the Kampung Bako Terminal on Friday night.
“Bako Fest is also a good venue to further popularise Bako as an exciting tourism destination in Sarawak,” he added. Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, who also spoke, said the three-day festival would bring forth a few tourism-based products with high potential that should be harnessed as soon as possible by the local residents.
“This will indirectly help to create a better socio-economic status for the local people apart from contributing to the development of eco-tourism industry in Sarawak,” he said.
The festival would also empower the tourism industry in Bako which comprises Kampung Pasir Putih, Selabat, Muara Tebas, Tiang Api, Beradek, Semilang and other villages in the Teluk Bako-Buntal area as well as Tanjung Embang.