By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, June 29: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah flagged off DayakDaily’s inaugural Adventure Programme known as D’Drift today.
Abdul Karim commended the online news publication’s efforts in promoting eco-tourism and organising a trip to the interior to showcase more about tourism in Sarawak.
“I have to applaud the efforts by DayakDaily in coming up with this D’Drift expedition.
“Sarawak has got so much to offer especially when it comes to eco-tourism.
“Our efforts are to build up confidence towards our own local tourism products.
“This is where the media plays a very big role in promoting, showcasing what are the products.
“The best (people) who can write about (tourism) are the media people.
“That’s why I am very encouraged to hear that DayakDaily has made this effort to go down to the ground and be there themselves,” he said during a press conference before flagging off the members of the D’Drift at the online news publication office here today.
He said that one of the amazing places to be visited by D’Drift is Gunung Buda National Park in Limbang which has breathtaking scenery similar to Mount Mulu National Park.
Abdul Karim believed Gunung Buda National Park could be more beautiful than Mount Mulu National Park and served as another attractive tourist destination.
Meanwhile, D’Drift is part of DayakDaily’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) event whereby reporters will interview the people in the interior and be a voice for those who are seldom featured by the mainstream media.
Its reporters will go from one rural town to another and from one remote settlement to another to highlight their uniqueness, peculiarities as well as their gloomy plights and the neglected basic needs there.
The Tourism Ministry as one of the sponsors of the event has requested DayakDaily to do a preliminary introduction to three amazing new tourism destinations in Sarawak that have yet to be opened up to the global market.
DayakDaily said the three tourism destinations are located in Serian, Baram and Limbang.
For D’Drift, the 10-day adventure programme from June 29 to July 8 will involve a road trip from Kuching to Limbang.
The team consisted of three members namely Lian Cheng, Peter Sibon and Karen Bong will not just explore destinations in Kuching to Limbang but write a feature story each to highlight the lifestyle of the people living in small towns and those in rural settlements. —DayakDaily