Monday, May 18, 2009

Visitor Arrival To Sarawak On The Decline

KUCHING -- Visitor arrival to Sarawak has contracted 8.92 per cent for the first quarter of this year due to uncertainties in the global economy, said Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Micheal Manyin.

Manyin said, in the first quarter of 2009, a total of 737,244 visitors came to Sarawak compared to 809,427 visitors in the same period last year.

"We are happy to inform that despite a negative overall first quarter decline, we recorded a 25 percent growth in arrivals from Singapore and 5 percent from Australia," he said in his winding-up speech for his ministry at the State Legislative Assembly here Monday.

Manyin said the increase of visitors from Singapore and Australia was largely due to a change of strategy that was implemented at the end of last year.

Overall for the past two-years, Manyin said, visitor arrival to Sarawak declined by 5.3 percent from 3.60 million in 2007 to 3.41 million last year.

"Foreign and domestic visitor arrival have declined by 6.04 percent and 3.77 percent respectively," he said.

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