Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sarawak wants Maswings to fly Kuching-Pontianak-Yogyakarta sector

KUCHING: Sarawak wants MASwings to fly an additional route on the Kuching-Pontianak-Yogyakarta sector to increase connectivity between the two destinations in the spirit of BIMP-EAGA, state Tourism and Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said yesterday.

He made the proposal at the three-day Sarawak Yogyakarta East Asia Tourism Forum {EATOF} Business Collaboration Forum in Yogyakarta, which began on Wednesday, in which Malaysia was represented by Sarawak and Indonesia by Yogyakarta.

The synergy between Yogyakarta and Sarawak could tap bigger markets like China, Korea and Japan who are also members of EATOF, he said in a statement issued by his ministry here.

Abang Johari, who led a delegation of various industries under his ministry’s initiative, also highlighted on the idea of integrating the tourism attractions in the two places, including joint-packages combining UNESCO world heritage sites in Yogyakarta, the Boranudur, and Sarawak Mulu Cave. The mission would be made possible with airline linking Yogyakarta-Pontianak-Kuching through Batavia Air at present, he said.

In an audience with the Vice-Governor of Yogyakarta, Pakualam the IX, at the Kepatihan (Governor’s office), the discussion also elaborated on the potential of joint efforts in the areas of housing and education.

Yogyakarta, which recorded the second highest in Indonesia (after Bali) for property market, is a preferred location especially for retirement, could also benefit Sarawak as an alternative destination through Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H), said Abang Johari.

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