Realising the importance of tourism sector contributing to the economy of the State through the service sector, the government through the Socio-Economic Transformation Program has approved 14 Key Result Areas projects and programs early this year worth RM51 million.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said, out of 14 projects and programs, 2 were already completed, 10 in progress and 2 in preliminary stages.
He added, a total of RM11.3 million has been spent in 2017 while the balance will be utilised in the next two years.
Among the KRAs projects and programs are upgrading of Tourism Infrastructure and Facilities at Wind Cave, Fairy Cave, Kuching Waterfront areas and Kuching Heritage Trail, upgrading work on the Jetty near Santubong bridge to cater RAMSAR site (Kuching Wetland) visitors, anglers and divers.
Development of new tourism products and attractions namely the conversion of Brooke Dockyard into a Maritime museum, the construction of the Walkway in front of the new DUN building to connect the pedestrian bridge with Fort Magherita, conversion of the Old DUN building into a performing arts centre, construction of a Gold Mine Museum and park in Bau and the conversion of the Old Resident Office in Miri into a Cultural and Heritage Centre.
Most of these projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2018 added him in his winding up speech at Sarawak State Legislative Assembly this morning.