Thursday, January 21, 2010

Promote Sarawak’s tourism events

KUCHING: Tourism players in Sarawak were yesterday asked to help publicise the tourism events in the state, particularly the 11 major events that would take place this year.

Minister of Tourism and Heritage Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan made the call when launching the Sarawak Calendar of Events 2010.

“There are a total of 39 tourism events this year, and the 11 major ones have the potential to draw in more tourist traffic,” he said.

“I ask that the tourism players help publicise these and not depend on the government alone.”

Dr Chan, who is a deputy chief minister, added that the government would help where it could, particularly in the area of financial support.

“If we can help in some of these areas, we definitely will. We can sit down and work out for a win-win situation.”

The 11 events pegged to be the state’s top tourist magnet include the Mukah Kaul Festival (April 12-25, Mukah), Miri Jazz Festival (May 14-15), Irau Aco (June 1-3, Lawas), Pesta Babulang (June 4-6, Limbang), Borneo Cultural Festival (July 16-25, Sibu), and Rainforest World Music Festival (July 9-11, Kuching).

The other major tourism events are the Sarawak Regatta (July 31 – Aug 2, Kuching), Kuching Street Parade (Aug 2, Kuching), Sarawak Inter-Cultural Mooncake Festival (Sept 17-22, Kuching), Borneo International Kites Festival (Sept 30-Oct 3, Bintulu) and Borneo International Yachting Challenge (Oct 4-9, Miri).

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