KUCHING - Sarawak's coastline can attract tourists to the state, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He said the state would embark on a new approach to city development by incorporating the environment into the plan.
"Quality living conditions will create a clean and healthy environment in the city.
"And we are looking at developing some of our coastlines into new townships with a resort city-like concept," he said at the launch of the Borneo Samariang Resort City (BSRC) at the Borneo Convention Centre here yesterday.
Cahaya Mata Sarawak, as the state's infrastructure catalyst, and Sentoria Borneo Semariang Sdn Bhd yesterday announced a research agreement with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak to do a 15-month tourism sustainability study of the Kuching Wetlands National Park.
The study will focus on wildlife, river cruise, maintenance of adjoining fishing villages and sustainability of the wetlands, which will be part of BSRC.
Taib said the state was looking into developing the Santubong and Sematan coasts into tourist attractions.
"We have beaches, caves and national parks to offer, but many of these lack tourism infrastructure. BSRC will be the first but not the last for the state.