Borneo Cultural Festival 2007 came to a close on July 7 with a display of colourful fireworks, bringing the event to a climax.
The grand finale was the begining to another greater height of BCF in 2008 as the organisers reflect on the event just concluded.
On the aspect of promoting harmony in culture, BCF deserves thumbs up. The diversity of our culture is an asset and BCF successfully brings the ethnic groups to showcase their unique culture under its banner, thereby creating better understanding.
However, on the tourism front, SMC has to put in more efforts to popularise the event in foreign tourists in order to get more arrivals of them. Planning needs to be done early enough to enable intending visitors to draw up itineraries well in advance.
We also have to improve our flight scheduling and connectivity to give enthusiastic tourists hassle-free air-travelling.
Our present air flights have been a source of disappointment to travellers, domestic and foreign alike. Don't let our tourists go back disgruntled - as we all know, once beaten ,
twice shy. So work on to upgrade this aspect of air services to attract more tourists to come.
BCF has great potentials as a puller of foreign visitors - all that is required is for us to put hands together to work for it.
The picture shows an exhibition of Traditional Chinese Wedding.
A demonstration of Wu Shu or Chinese Martial Arts .
Dayak food stalls.
A section of the trade fair.
The crowds on the grand finale night.