|Batang Ai hydro dam|
KUCHING: Hydro power lakes in Bakun, Murum and Batang Ai, and the hinterlands of Tunoh-Balleh and Baram in Sarawak, Malaysia have the potential to be locations for the film industry in the foreseeable future. Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is because the beautiful lakes and hinterlands possess a natural studio-like setting which is ideal for film making. And all this would be made possible as the areas become part of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), he said.
Abang Johari, who is also Housing Minister, suggested that tourism players here find new approaches to their business to help the state achieve its target of making the tourism industry one of the major contributors to the state’s economy.
“Although the state would continue to focus on tapping its Culture, Adventure and Nature (CAN) tourism and the development of its Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) industry, new potentials, markets and methods are needed for the state to thrive in its tourism sector,” he said when officiating at the ‘2009/2010 Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award’ gala night at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here on Saturday.
“Tourism is one of the 10 priority industries in SCORE. The hinterland and interior areas of the central region offer a wide range of eco-tourism products. The hydro power lakes especially Bakun and Batang Ai would be a gateway for ‘lake tourism’ which also provides economic potentials for the rural communities through homestay programmes.
“Physical infrastructure with the development of SCORE would provide a good platform for the creation of tourism business opportunities such as hotels, resorts and river cruises,” he added.
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Source: The Borneo Post, October 3, 2011
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