CM: Kuching City undergoing a `makeover’ to attract more tourists

Abang Johari (third right), Amamas Boutique Hotel owner Dato Sri Wong Ing Kee (to his left) and others cutting the ribbon to officially open the hotel.

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, Oct 19: The state government wants to intensify efforts to make Kuching City more attractive to tourists.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the spillover from the tourism industry was crucial for small businesses and other downstream industries.

“There is the Old Kuching and the New Kuching. The Old Kuching is the Main Bazaar, Gambier Street, Market Street, Padungan and all the way to the end of Padungan.

“We have the museum, the Darul Hana Bridge, and we are going to upgrade across the river also. Another area after the musical fountain, (the state government) will build a cascading waterfall near Fort Margherita to become an attraction there, so tourists can walk and have things to enjoy and see. Otherwise, the city would become boring.

“Kuching must be vibrant, just like Singapore,” he said at the opening of Amamas Boutique Hotel here today.

Abang Johari signing the plaque at opening ceremony.

Abang Johari said when floods of tourists come to Kuching, they would spend money on food, souvenirs and other necessities, and this would boost the local economy.

“At the end of the day, the whole chain of our economy will benefit from what we invest in tourism infrastructure,” he explained. — DayakDaily