Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sarawak getting more expensive

TOURISTS visiting Sarawak have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for accommodation and other tourist-related services, a writer with a Munich-based travel magazine claimed.

Petra Wagner, 40, said she had been travelling to various destinations within the Asian region, including other states in Malaysia over the last one year.

She also spent two months visiting places of interests in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah before coming to Kuching.

“Based on my experience, I found that hotel room rates, transportation fares as well as tourist guide service charges in Sarawak are relatively more expensive compared to Sabah and other states,” she said when met at the launch of the Ninth Sarawak Inter-Cultural Mooncake Festival at Carpenter Street recently.

Wagner, who writes for the Brigitte travel magazine in Germany, was among thousands of people from all walks of life, locals and tourists alike, who thronged the street to witness the festival.

She said as far as cost was concerned, the only consolation was that the price of food was cheaper than elsewhere.

While here, apart from visiting tourist destinations within the city, she is also planning to visit the Bako National Park and Semenggok Wildlife Centre to have a closer look at the Orang Utans.

Next week she plans to travel to Mulu in Miri.

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