Sunday, December 06, 2015

Competitive airfares can boost Sibu tourism

SIBU: The ‘Visit Sibu Year 2017’ campaign will require more competitive airfares in attracting tourists to come in large numbers.

In pointing this out, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong hoped that there would be more choices to enable tourism to grow in the state, particularly here.

He was puzzled over why airfares were not regulated, whereas rates for other modes of public transportation such as taxis had been standardised.

“Does it mean that when we have Visit Sibu Year 2017, the (airlines) will raise (air ticket) prices due to the high demand of people coming to Sibu?

“If that is the case, it defeats the purpose of having a ‘Visit Sibu Year’ campaign,” Wong told reporters yesterday.

“Visit Sibu Year is an initiative by SMC and our concern is if there is a major event here, does it mean that airlines will increase prices (of airfare)?

“This issue has to be resolved. If Visit Sibu Year 2017 is successful, it will not only help Sibu in terms of putting it on the map, but also help in terms of air connectivity.”

Wong was met during the Swan City Ride at University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) here, which was held in conjunction with the fifth Sibu Bike Week 2015, where a convoy of 100 big bikers made a stopover at the university.

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