Friday, January 1, 2010

DUN Sitting (Day Four): Improvement for Kpg Benuk, Kpg Mongkos homestay programmes

(Nov 04, 2010)

TWO Bidayuh villages — Kampung Benuk and Kampung Mongkos — are set to benefit from infrastructure improvement projects worth more than RM2 million for the homestay programme.

Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip told the assembly yesterday that his ministry was submitting two projects in the two villages for consideration under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

“Amounting to RM2,634,750, these projects are Kampung Benuk Homestay and Bangunan One Stop Centre and Gelanggang Sukan Pelbagai Guna Berbumbung for Kampung Mongkos homestay,” he said when replying to a question from Datuk Aidan Wing (BN-Lambir).

Talib said currently there were 233 registered homestay operators comprising 19 villages throughout the state.

These homestay operators were located in Kuching, Samarahan, Kapit, Betong, Sibu, Mukah and Miri, he added.

According to Talib, various steps are taken to improve the performance of the homestays.

“My ministry has received an allocation amounting to RM1,045,000 from the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia to upgrade homestay facilities at six homestay villages and longhouses under the second economic stimulus package for the state.

“The six homestays involved are Annah Rais, Kampung Darul Islam Belimbing, Kampung Melayu Tebakang, Rumah Lulut in Kapit, Rumah Panjang Bawang Assan and Rumah Panjang Telok Melano in Sibu,” he said.

He said an additional amount of RM250,000 was allocated to put up road signages leading to all the registered homestays.

“In terms of marketing and promotion, the state ministry with the assistance of the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, has organised a special promotional event known as ‘Homestay e-Marketing Promotion’ launched in April this year.

“Through this system, tourists will be provided with information, pictures and videos of the selected homestays,” he added.

He said besides that, a website on homestay ( was introduced in December last year to create awareness of the homestay products in the state and also to promote existing packages.

“Since 2006, my ministry and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia have conducted numerous courses for the registered operators, he said.

“This is to ensure they are constantly being updated on the current tourism trends and at the same time, enhance their knowledge and competency in handling tourists, packaging and repackaging their products,” he said.

Among the courses offered are homestay awareness course, basic homestay course and other advanced courses such as Mesra Malaysia course, Tourism English, homestay website course and motivation course.

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