Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sarawak bracing for flood of foreign tourists


MIRI: Sarawak, in particular the northern region, is expected to enjoy a multi-fold jump in international tourist arrivals following the Federal Government’s move to allow international direct flights from Singapore into Miri.

The announcement by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat that Air Asia had been given the green light to fly Singapore-Miri direct was like a tonic for northern Sarawak’s tourism industry, said State Infrastructure Development and Communications assistant minister Lee Kim Shin.

Lee, who is also the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) director for northern Sarawak, said yesterday that the state expected to see a massive increase in tourist arrivals to Miri, the world heritage site Mulu National Park, the prehistoric Niah Caves and other major places of interests.

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