Events to lure visitors to Sarawak during non-peak periods
MAJOR tourism events will be held every month from next year to attract visitors particularly during the first few months of the year when visitor arrivals are low.
Tourism and Heritage Ministry permanent secretary Ik Pahon Joyik said that visitor arrivals climbed after May and peaked in July with events like the Rainforest World Music Festival which lured thousands.
“We’ll try to slot in events every month next year. The first four months 1,003,032 visitors, an increase of 1% compared to the same period last year.
“The volcanic eruption in April affected the arrival of European visitors because they could not fly out,” he told a press conference in Kuching yesterday.
Ik Pahon said, this year, Sarawak targeted visitor arrivals at 3.6 million as against 3.4 million last year.
The majority are expected from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Europe.
Earlier, Ik Pahon said the Hornbill Hash House would host the Rainforest World Interhash 2010 in the city from July 2 to 4.
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