Monday, April 26, 2010

Sarawak wants more flights

THE Sarawak government is seeking closer ties with Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata), hoping that the association can help improve the state’s air connectivity.

Land Development Minister Datuk Seri James Masing told Pata delegates during a welcoming dinner on Saturday night in Kuching that poor connectivity remained the state’s number one tourism hurdle.

Masing, a state Tourism Minister in the 1990s, said Sarawak was still stuck as a “second tier destination”, with limited direct access from major tourist markets.

“While profit is the major modus operandi for airlines, do not forget that you are providing a means of transportation, which contributes to the overall development of travel and tourism,” Masing said.

Sarawak is hosting about 140 Pata members, who are here for their Annual 2010 Meeting.

“I would like to urge Pata members to partner us to provide better access into Sarawak, tapping the full potential of the state’s tourism. The state welcomes all forms of Pata assistance to achieve this goal. I personally request Pata to champion new and emerging destinations like Sarawak.”

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