Fans flock to Sarawak Rainforest Fest despite flu, downturn
KUCHING: Initial concerns that the global economic downturn and influenza A (H1N1) pandemic would keep revellers away from the Rainforest World Music Festival proved unfounded as more than 5,000 spectators pou-red through the gates for the opening concert on Friday night.
Organising chairman Benedict Jimbau from the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said the attendance was better than expected and proved that the festival continued to attract visitors.
“We were initially not optimistic about the turnout, so we’re delighted with the attendance on Friday night,” he said yesterday.
He added that as a precaution against the H1N1 virus, STB had prepared face masks to be distributed to festivalgoers each night while a thermal scanner was set up at the entrance.
Posters on how to prevent the spread of the flu were also put up at the festival grounds in the Sarawak Cultural Village here.
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