Betong expected to see greater tourist influx thanks to Pan Borneo Highway, Bebuling STOLport

Uggah (front row, third left), Rentap (front row, fourth left) and others photographed at the closing of the 5th Layar Cycling Carnival at Layar Junction in Betong on Sept 3, 2023.

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BETONG, Sept 3: More tourists are expected to visit Betong following the present road accessibility via Pan Borneo Highway and Bebuling short take-off and landing airport (STOLport) in Spaoh which would be ready by early next year.

Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas expressed optimism over this since the town is now easily accessible through Pan Borneo Highway while all of its outlying areas are well connected by internal roads.

“By early next year, we will have the Bebuling STOLport in Spaoh ready. This will further enhance and catalyse our connectivity to the outside world,” he said when officiating the closing of the fifth Layar Cycling Carnival at Layar Junction here today.

Uggah pointed out Betong has a lot to offer with its majesty landscape, pristine jungle, rich bio-diversity and colorful culture and traditions.

He also said a committee had been formed under the Betong Division Development Agency (BDDA) to focus on agro-tourism development as another of the division’s niche attractions.

On the cycling carnival, Uggah commended the Betong Land and Survey Department and Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) for its success, adding that Bukit Saban would host a mountain bike event next year.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development (Youth and Sports) Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu said the carnival had managed to generate an estimated income of RM200,000 from food and beverage products sold by local entrepreneurs.

Also present were Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu, Krian assemblyman Friday Belik, Sarawak Cycling Association president Datuk Benjamin Hasbi and a political secretary to the Sarawak Premier Roseline Mapong. — DayakDaily