Thursday, February 06, 2014

Routes Asia may hold the key to Sarawak Tourism

KUCHING: Sarawak is looking forward to next month’s Routes Asia with much anticipation as it may have the answer to the state’s perennial air connectivity problem that had impeded its tourism industry.

The 12th edition of the largest route development forum in Asia will he held here from March 9 to 11 and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is confident the issue of flight connectivity would be raised.

“With our infrastructure, like airports, hotels and other facilities ready, we are now in a better position to expand our market abroad.

“Our only problem is lack of connectivity,” he said during a media briefing for Routes Asia here yesterday.

Also present were Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Tourism Ministry’s permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.

Abang Johari described Routes Asia, which will be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), as a blessing because the presence of 350-odd delegates representing 92 airlines, 177 airports, 19 tourism organisations and 24 suppliers from almost 60 countries would certainly cast a strong international spotlight on the state.

It comes right after the successful Asean Tourism Forum 2014 that was held here recently.

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