SIBU: Sibu Divisional Tourism Task Group (DTTG) is willing to support and assist Kanowit District Office in organising events to attract visitors to Kanowit.
Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee who is the head of Sibu DTTG said Kanowit could host remote control powerboat races and promte homestay programme and local food.
“But there must be strong cooperation first from leaders including those at Village Security and Development Committee level for Kanowit to be further developed and progress.
“Good understanding between all those involved will ensure smooth implementation of events where everybody in the local community can make their contribution regardless of race and background,” he said when officiating at ‘Appreciation Dinner’ jointly organised by Kanowit District Office and Kanowit District Council (KDC) held here on Tuesday.
Hii also commended Kanowit District Office and KDC on their achievements throughout this year including the hosting of Kanowit Festival 2016 that was held in October.
He noted that Kanowit needed to organise many local and international level events to attract people to the town.
“A simple event would be able to pull good crowd if it is organised creatively with good facilities and sufficient manpower.
“For example Sibu Base Jump 2016 where the event did not require grand promotion yet it had attracted 60 jumpers from many countries,” he said.
Hii later suggested they organise runs on the Kanowit Bridge after it is completed next year.
Earlier, KDC chairman Katis Noel Nyabong said that Kanowit Festival 2016 had generated RM1.5 million for traders taking part in expo and sales activities throughout the 11-day event.
Katis, who is Kanowit District Officer, said the amount excluded earning by local business fraternity.
“We managed to attract about 50,000 visitors this year including participants of powerboat races from Brunei and Peninsular Malaysia.
“Last year, there are about 30,000 visitors to Kanowit Festival,” he said.
Among those present were Public Works Department Sibu Divisional engineer Tiong King Wei, deputy Sibu Resident Wong Hee Seng, a political secretary to the chief minister Petrus Igat, KDC secretary Ahmad Jerry, Kanowit Community Development Department officer Siti Ja’auyah Ismail, Kanowit Fire and Rescue Department chief Arrahman Chik, Kanowit Information Department head Donny Minggu Ling, Kanowit police chief DSP Daniel Benjamin and Special Affairs Department (JASA) coordinator for Kanowit parliamentary, Priscilina Petrus Igat.