Friday, July 04, 2008

Steady rise in tourist arrivals to Sibu

SIBU: The number of tourists coming here has increased quite steadily, indicating that this town and its hinterland have a bright future in tourism.

Last year, for example, the number of inbound tourists increased by 22 per cent compared to the number in 2006.

Statistics obtained from the local Visitors Information Centre (VIC) showed that 2,865 domestic and foreign tourists visited Sibu last year, up 516 from 2,349 in 2006.

On the number of foreign tourists only, an increase of 10 per cent was noted.

However, according to the local Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) executive, Rudy Anoi, the number could have been slightly higher as some foreign tourists went directly to their destinations without stopping at the VIC.

“These tourists were not reflected or accounted for in the VIC’s record book,” Anoi explained when met at his office in Jalan Tukang Besi yesterday.

Asked about the factors that contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals here, Anoi said it could be due to the promotional activities of the board.

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