Kg Kiudang to launch homestay programme
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
KAMPUNG Kiudang in Tutong district is planning to introduce its homestay programme this year to strengthen the village’s community-based ecotourism projects.
Muhammad Amir Hj Umarali from the information bureau of the Kg Kiudang Village Consultative Council (MPK) said the homestay programme can accommodate visitors while they visit tourist attractions nearby.
“We will try to push the programme this year,” he said recently.
He said MPK Kiudang will work together with agencies such as the district office and board members of the coordinator and tourism promotion body of Tutong to run the homestay.
In addition, he said MPK Kiudang will gather the villagers to give them a better understanding about the plan and how the homestay programme benefits them.
Currently, the village has one guest house on the property of the Deputy Chairman of MPK Kiudang, Hj Amran Hj Johari, located in the same area as the 3MPK herbal tea mini factory.
Kg Kiudang was chosen as a community-based ecotourism village in 2015 under BIMP-EAGA – a subregional economic cooperation initiative in ASEAN.
Muhammad Amir said ecotourism is the village’s biggest strength, adding that it contributes to its economic development.
In addition to the economic benefits, he said ecotourism can unite the villagers and open their minds to new ways of exploring creative activities or products that are marketable.
“With ecotourism, we can also promote awareness among the residents to keep the village clean as tourists are often visiting us now,” he said.
The villagers are committed to developing their village, but they still need help to promote their products and services, he added.
Kg Kiudang won a bronze medal at the Excellent Village Awards two years ago for their One Village, One Product (OVOP) products, namely 3MPK Herbal Tea and Wasai Bedanu Recreational Park.
The government-led OVOP project aims to develop and encourage economic projects and local businesses within the villages.
The Brunei Times