Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Amphibious aircraft to boost tourism in Sarawak's rural areas

SIBU: The tourism industry in the state’s interior will be boosted by the proposed introduction of amphibious aircraft, which is expected within the next one to two years.

Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said MASwings was currently looking into the possibility of introducing these aircraft but needed to work out on the load factor and routes.

He said such initiative was timely with Bakun becoming another tourist attraction in the rural areas in the next two years.

“Initially, the identified destinations are Sri Aman and Batang Air, which give access to Lubok Antu.

Both the tourist and the local people will benefit.

Tourism in Bakun will encourage the growth of cottage industry,” Abg Johari said when met here yesterday.