‘Fair trade’ accreditation to give tourism outlets a boost

Yeo-Boon-Hai-City-Hall-tourism-1KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall targets to accredit 20 tourism-related outlets this year, mayor Yeo Boon Hai said today.

The accreditation, called “Fair Trade Tourism Select – An Accredited Outlet”, is an official recognition that the outlet has achieved a set quality and standard.

Yeo said the scheme is an initiative of City Hall’s tourism, culture and international relations committee with support from the state ministry of tourism, culture and environment.

“The scheme assesses the quality of the tourism product and service of outlets in the city, which takes into account fair economic practices, community development and the environment,” he said.

“Certification will be given within two months of application and will be valid for two years.

“Certified outlets will have accreditation certificates on their door easily identifiable by customers.”

Speaking at a ceremony to accredit a handicraft store operated by a Yayasan Sabah subsidiary company, Yeo called on more premises to join the scheme.

Yayasan Sabah director Sapawi Ahmad was present to receive the coveted certification.

According to the mayor, accredited stores will receive promotional support in the print and electronic media.

The accreditation targets stores in four categories: handicraft and souvenirs, eateries, accommodation as well as reflexology and spa outlets.

Sapawi said the recognition would boost the foundation’s role to spearhead the promotion of the handicraft industry in the state.

“The accreditation will also promote our store’s location, the iconic Menara Tun Mustapha, as a tourist destination,” he said.

On another matter, Yeo told reporters that City Hall had collected RM300,000 in compounds from motorists in the city.

The amount was collected up to yesterday during a discount period extended until Friday.

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