Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pandaw cruise a major milestone in river travel

SIBU: The launching of the RV Orient Pandaw river cruise here on July 1 this year saw a major milestone in river cruise in Sarawak, according to Rudy Anoi of Sarawak Tourism Board.

He told reporters yesterday that the major event did not stop there, but to introduce it to other Pandaw cruise elsewhere, namely at the Mekong River, recently.

“At the invitation of the management of The Irrawaddy Fotilla Company, which runs the Pandaw Cruise boats, Tourism Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin and his assistant Datuk Hamden and a group of officers from STB went on a Mekong River cruise,” Rudy said.

The visit he said not only helped them understand some of the nitty-gritty of its operations there, but also introduced Sibu and Sarawak there.

“The trip was an eye-opener, which featured very similar situation to ours here,” he said.

Describing the visit as timely, Rudy said that there were lots to learn from the experience there, after having operated 15 years in the country.

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