Thursday, August 2, 2007

We are optimistic about our tourism

Sibuians are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and enthusiastic in services of public interest. Take the recent BCF - and you had seen for yourself how selfless and altruistic they were when it came to concerns for Sibu.

And the Chinese in Sibu are especially strong in clan loyalties. Patrilineal and patrilocal groups of related Chinese are bonded together under clans to serve their respective interests.

Their zeal and bondage in clans have made it possible for clan conferences of world scale to be held in Sibu. The delegates coming here from worldwide double as tourists, indirectly helping Sibu gain popularity as a tourist destination.

This is a very unique aspect of tourism which Sibu is especially doing well.

These qualities of Sibuians are truly our most valuable assets which we should preserve.

If we turn our hospitality, enthusiasm and strength of clan bondage into effective use for tourism development, then we have every reason to be optimistic about Sibu.

The picture shows a group of Dutch tourists in front of Premier Hotel .
Arriving Sibu on July 29, they are on a 23-day holiday touring Borneo Island.

These German tourists are in Sibu for a one-night stop-over on August 2. They are also touring Borneo Island. The group photograph was taken in the lobby of Premier Hotel.


traveller said...

Can't we do better compared to having them to stay over for just one night? If Sibu of Rejang can be treated as the Aswan of the Nile, that would be great. The important thing is to let them stay in Sibu and spend money in Sibu (not just on the hotel)

Tony Hii said...

Sibu (and generally, the central region) has immense potentials in culture, adventure and nature tourism. We have to admit that there are shortcomings inhibiting the tourism growth which include the polluted state of Rajang River, lack of virgin forests for ecotourists, the traditional conditions of the nearby longhouses have not been well preserved, there is no international direct flight to Sibu,etc.

Apparently, Sibu has been minimised in the Borneo Island tour itinerary to just a one-night stop-over. We have to do a lot more to prop up our tourism.

If you look at how Mr. Lee Kuan Yew spent 10 years 1978-1988) to turn the filthy Singapore River into a hot tourist spot, then you would probably agree with me that nothing is impossible.

Tony Hii