Karim: Sarawak could be next to set up travel bubble after Langkawi

Abdul Karim. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Sept 17: Sarawak could be next in line to open up its tourism industry following Langkawi’s travel bubble initiatives.

According to Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, what happened in Langkawi was an indicator that the economy especially the tourism sector is going to start all over.

“Sarawak is also looking over that line, and to my understanding, our Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri is still considering the matter,” he told reporters after officiating the launching of Sports Hub For 10-Pin Bowling by Amateur 10-Pin Bowling Association Sarawak (ABAS) and Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) in Batu Kawa here today.

Karim noted, his ministry, together with the federal ministry, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), and Business Event Sarawak  (BE Sarawak) have a lot of programmes in place that were supposed to be announced much earlier.

He said they will be revealed in the next two or three weeks when the ‘door’ for visitors and tourists is open.

“For the announcement of the programmes, I could not jump the gun and I have to wait until the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) come up with the announcement (to open the State’s tourism industry).

Since yesterday (Sept 16), Langkawi has opened up its tourism sector to visitors following a travel bubble initiative implemented by the government which also served as a benchmark for opening more tourist destinations in the country. — DayakDaily