Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

200 spiritual tourism experts to converge in Sabah next year

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 8 — Some 200 experts in spiritual tourism will converge here for the first ever International Conference on Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism (SCST2017) next year. 

Ongkili said the event was meant to conserve the local communities’ traditions and culture. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/200-spiritual-tourism-experts-to-converge-in-sabah-next-year#sthash.Gjz07a2M.dpuf

The party has set up two committees, headed by PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili 
(pic) and vice-president Datuk Radin Malleh.

Organised jointly by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Sabah, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah branch and Universiti Sains Malaysia, the event will be held for two days from June 1, 2017.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili who is also KDCA deputy president, at a press conference today, said the event was meant to conserve the local communities’ traditions and culture.

“It is aimed at introducing the new field of spiritual tourism studies in relation to sustainable development and at providing a forum for global research collaboration and mentoring.”

He said the programme was also aimed at exploring spiritual and ecological tourism products, services and processes, besides gaining knowledge from the last custodians of indigenous knowledge.

Themed ‘Spiritually, Culture and Sustainable Tourism’, the conference is also organised in conjunction with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, which hopes to provide a platform for tourism industry players, researchers, academicians and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry to present and discuss their knowledge and findings on the subject.

According to Ongkili, the conference dates had been set to coincide with the state Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival to enable the delegates to observe the Kadazandusun’s unique cultural heritage presentations and rituals of honouring the ‘bambarayon’ (rice spirit) and celebrate with a thanksgiving feast for the year’s harvest. — Bernama