Gawai Dayak Bazaar should go digital to attract tourists

Lee (blue batik), Vicky (to his left) and other distinguished guests performing the “Ngancau Tikai” (rolling out the mat) ceremony to launch the event.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 11: The organisers of the famed Gawai Dayak Bazaar here were urged to build a website and social media pages to promote their event and reach out to a bigger audience in the future.

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin made the suggestion to Persatuan Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak (GADS) when launching the fifth edition of the event at Permyjaya on Friday evening.

He believed the annual bazaar, already a signature event for Miri folks come Gawai season, had big potential to become a tourist attraction.

It not only served as a platform for entrepreneurs and businesses to promote local delicacies and showcase other goods, but could also be used to promote crafts and other products, arts and cultures to attract visitors.

“I strongly believe this event could help turn Miri into a more vibrant city in the future,” he said.

The event initiated by GADS aimed to provide a platform for Dayak traders. The bazaar, which will be held until May 26, houses some 50 traders featuring various products including food and beverages.

Lee expressed content with the increasing number of stalls taking part this year.

GADS president Vicky Gulin Shandom and the Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2019 organising chairperson Clare Cinderella Kom were present. — DayakDaily