MIRI: The Miri City Council (MCC) will look at all avenues to further explore the tourism potentials in the Resort City.
Miri mayor Adam Yii said in order to make Miri a place worth visiting, local tourism operators need to further explore the tourism potentials in the city and to make existing tourism products more appealing to the visitors particularly foreign tourists.
“We need to intensify the existing tourism promotion in the city. We want to make Miri not only as the northern gateway to Sarawak but a city for tourism activities,” he stated while commending the MCC’s brochure sub-committee’s Miri City Tour recently.
A total of 30 people including the mayor, councillors, representatives from Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and local tourism operators as well as the council officers joined the half day tour to places of interest in the city.
They visited the places which have been packaged in the city tour brochure such as oldest Tua Pek Kong Temple, Miri Marina Commercial Centre, Tamu Muhhibah, Luak Esplanade, Kuala Baram Wetland and Miri Crocodile Farm.
Yii gave his thumb-up to the visit which enabled the officials to experience the problems or obtain feedbacks on the tourism spots.
The issues highlighted by the local tourism operators among others were that the tourist busses having to park illegally as there were no bus parking lots for them in Miri and the access road to Canada Hill too narrow for buses to traverse.
The local tour operators also wanted the council to give more attention on the cleanliness along the Luak Esplanade by providing more rubbish bins in the area.
Yii in his reply said the council would act on the issues and work with the local tour operators to improve the existing tourism package in the city.
He said tourist buses can park at the Miri City Bus Station for the tourists to visit places of interest in the surrounding area. The council would also assist in constructing a parking bay for tourist busses at the Kuala Baram Wetland.