PHOTO: Ik Pahon (seated at fifth right), Rosmadi (seated at fourth left) and Mohd Zamri (seated at fourth right) are seen with the committee in the meeting.
December 21, 2016
MULU – Labuan through its secretariat, Labuan Corporation had recently co-chaired the first meeting with Sabah and Sarawak in Sabah-Sarawak-Labuan Joint Tourism Cooperation and Collaboration (SSLJTCC).
Labuan Corporation who was represented by its deputy chief executive officer (development), Mohd Zamri Mohd Esa expressed the gratitude for being accepted as the full member of the joint tourism cooperation and collaboration that took effective during the meeting.
Previously, Labuan had been invited to SSJTCC Meeting as an observer since the last few years where the latest meeting was its 10th meeting.
It is now known as SSLJTCC Meeting since Labuan is already being accepted as its full member in 2015.
While, Mohd Zamri did highlight that the economy in Labuan was badly affected by the downfall in oil and gas industry which had been Labuan prime business for many years.
“In these three years, thousands of worker in oil and gas companies have moved out from Labuan. The companies are either shrinking or closing their businesses due to the global economic problem.
“As an alternative to boost Labuan economy, tourism is the best option and the government has given Labuan tourism as its main priority,” he said.
In the meeting, Sabah was represented by its permanent secretary of Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai, while, Sarawak was represented by its permanent secretary of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.
By becoming a permanent member of SSLJTCC apart from being a member of BIMP-EAGA, Labuan is now having additional platform to discuss various issues and opportunities about tourism industry.
The committee will be the medium of deliberation for the tourism industry within Malaysian Borneo.
Meanwhile, in the meeting, the committee had decided the sub-committees would assist the main committee to achieve the target in various categories such as in promotion and marketing sub committee that would be led by the states secretariat (Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and Labuan Corporation Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry), culture and heritage sub committee that would be led by the respective state director of museum department, connectivity sub committee that included land, air and cruise, joint products development and events sub committee that would be led by the states secretariat and data collection sub committee that would be led by the states data collection department and immigration department.
The sub-committees’ meetings would discuss the related and relevant issues, the challenges, development and state collaboration for each sector.
In the meantime, the heritage trails and war packages had been established for BIMP-EAGA market and it would be soon marketed internationally by focusing on adventure and special interest of the tourists.
The committee had also come into mutual understanding that the meeting should be held twice a year.
The 11th meeting will be held in Sabah (June 2017) and the 12th meeting to be held in Labuan.
Besides that, Labuan is also suggested to be the host for the 2017 BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development Meeting or BIMP-EAGA in Country Meeting subject to approval and decision by the BIMP-EAGA Main Committee.