MTAC charts four focus pillars for Tourism 2021

Awang Tengah delivering the winding-up speech of Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports at DUN Complex today (Nov 13, 2020).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 13: Establishing Sarawak’s own Performing Arts Centre is one of four pillars under Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s (MTAC) plan towards 2021.

The Performing Arts Centre will be the main hub to develop Sarawak’s own local talents in performing arts industry, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan on behalf of MTAC minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said MTAC’s focus for the coming year will be on several areas with potential for high impact projects to be implemented under the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK12).

“Among them, to develop tourism facilities and infrastructures for Sarawak’s niche ecotourism products such as national parks, beaches and waterfalls.

“Second, to preserve, conserve and promote Sarawak’s unique history, culture and heritage through museums, forts, heritage buildings and archaeological sites.

“Third, Sarawak’s own centre for Performing Arts will also be established to be the main hub to develop local talents in performing arts industry.

“Fourth, the development of local crafts industry by establishing Sarawak Handicraft Centre as showcase of our unique crafts and souvenir centre for visitors,” said Awang Tengah when delivering the winding-up speech of MTAC and Ministry of Youth and Sports at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.

These are the plans charted by MTAC together with Economic Planning Unit (EPU) Sarawak on the Third Sarawak Tourism Masterplan study in the way forward for the state’s tourism industry to recover from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. — DayakDaily