Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Time to visit Sarawak


KUCHING: Tourist arrivals from Singapore to Sarawak are expected to double this year following improved air connectivity between the state capital and the island republic.

State Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said 41,000 tourists from Singapore visited Sarawak last year when Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and SilkAir were the only airlines flying the Kuching-Singapore route for much of the year.

“This year, we are going to have a total of five airlines flying into Kuching from Singapore, so we expect no fewer than 100,000 tourist arrivals from Singapore,” he said when launching the state’s 2009 tourism calendar of events here yesterday.

Low-cost carriers AirAsia and Tiger Airways began flying the Kuching-Singapore route last November while Jetstar Asia will begin its flights on March 1.

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