Tie up with NZ institute on food and hospitality sector
The Star - Sat, 15 March 2003

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KUCHING: Sarawak, which is adopting several New Zealand models in its tourism development, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) to develop the food and hospitality sector.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg said the tie-up would develop the local food and hospitality sector into international-class standard.

He said Sarawak and Christchurch shared several similarities in tourism development and Kuching would be declared a garden city like Christchurch.

"New Zealand promotes clean, green and friendly tourism while Sarawak promotes culture, adventure and nature tourism," he said after the signing of the MoU on Thursday.

New Zealand's Sarawak honorary consul Datuk Amin Satem (also Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry president), Datuk Abang Karim Tun Openg (Sarawak Bumiputra Chamber of Commerce president), Alex Ting (Malaysia New Zealand Business Council chairman) and Rodger Chan (director of New Zealand Centre in Sarawak) were among the signatories.

CPIT has the largest school of food and hospitality in New Zealand.

Johari said New Zealand's successful tourism development models would be copied.

Citing examples, he said, the proposed shoal watch in Miri would be modelled after New Zealand's whale watch of Kaikora, while the inaugural yacht race between Miri and Labuan later this year would be modelled after the popular race for the America Cup of Auckland.