Ramadan bazaars have potential to attract many tourists
KUCHING: Ramadan bazaars should be promoted at tourist information
centres and hotels in order to realise their potential as tourism
product, Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) president Wee Hong Seng said
He added Ramadan bazaars should also be included as one of the
events in the tourism calendar to attract more tourists to visit and
experience the scenario during the fasting month.
“Permanent Ramadan bazaars in Satok and India Street, for example,
have the potential to attract many tourists with the diversity of food
and other items found there.
“As we all can see now, these bazaars not only cater for the Muslims
who fast during Ramadan, but also frequented by people of other races
and faiths because they are attracted to what they can find there (at
“If there are effective promotions in hotels, tourist information
centres and tourism calendar, I’m confident that tourists from outside
the state and Malaysia will also be attracted to the Ramadan bazaars,”
he said when contacted yesterday.
Wee was asked to comment on the suggestion made by Deputy Tourism
Minister Dato Sri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib to turn Ramadan bazaars
into new tourism products as these places could be tourist attractions.
Sulaiman was quoted in yesterday’s news reports as saying that
Ramadan bazaars are unique and found only in Malaysia, and these places
could attract tourists through aggressive and dynamic promotions.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department
(Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman also welcomed the suggestion
as it could lead to increase in tourist arrivals during the fasting
month of Ramadan.
He said these bazaars enabled tourists to sample the food and delicacies of the various races and places in the country.
He nonetheless felt that these bazaars needed upgrading in terms of
facilities and stall alignment before they were turned into tourist
“By turning Ramadan bazaars into the country’s tourism product, we
can attract many tourists especially those who are Muslims and also
those coming from Islamic countries.
“They would want to come to the bazaars to enjoy and sample the many
food and delicacies which are sold at very reasonable prices,” he