Sabah sets up special Cabinet committee to develop rural tourism

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Sabah government has set up a special Cabinet committee to monitor and double up initiatives to develop the state’s rural tourism sector in an integrated manner.

The special committee is chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who is also the State Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister, and assisted by Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

Ewon, who chaired the committee’s first meeting on Tuesday, said it had agreed to create a policy to regulate rural tourism operators and activities, be it in the forest, island, and coastlines, as well as to upgrade roads to rural tourism destinations.

“The committee also agreed on the need for existing promotional programmes, marketing, and rural tourism product development to be empowered. The state government needs to introduce a specific policy for rural tourism that encompasses the issuance of licence and the compliance with safety aspects and development plan.”