Spring Yap, the Inbound and Transport Department manager of Hwee Siang Tour and Travel Sdn Bhd, flew into this town on a fact-finding mission.
All he found was a good opportunity to tailor special packages for visitors from West Malaysia and foreign tourists to explore this Foochow town.
Yap was here with his wife Lee Chan, daughter Conny, and a friend named Fang.
He talked in length about how impressed he was after three days of exploration in the town.
“I am very impressed by your community gardens. At our place, we don’t have clan associations sponsoring the local authority in creating this type of garden. There is so much to see and learn about the various clans in these gardens.
“The mighty Rajang River, the riverfront, the hospitality of the people, the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia, and the largest central marker in Sarawak are good selling points. We also enjoyed Dian Ming Hu (a local delicacy) for the first time, he added.
He was optimistic that he could get a lot of visitors to this town as most travellers liked something new.
By tailoring a package to this town, he believed he would help promote eco-tourism.
He said there were still a lot of West Malaysians who had not set foot on this town, but most of them had been to Kuching and Miri.
His company was formed 21 years ago and had conducted tours to Miri, Kuching and places in Sabah.
At the temple, Yap and his family were warmly entertained by Tan Teck Chiang, the caretaker.
They were briefed on the temple’s history by Tan, who had previously briefed over 3,000 foreign tourists.
Yap described Tan as a good guide for his vast knowledge on the temple, Buddhism and the town.
Tan would be a good host for us should our tour package be successful, he said.
Source : STAR
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