KUCHING: The Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching is aiming for more active collaboration between Indonesia and Sarawak’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to mutually boost their respective tourism industries.
Its consul general Jahar Gultom said several steps were discussed during a recent meeting with the Ministry of Tourism in Kuching to ensure that the tourism industries in Malaysia and Indonesia will continue to flourish.
“This includes organising regular tourism activities near the borders.
“We have agreed to help each other in promoting tourism destinations and products along the border, as well as in matters regarding infrastructure including transportation. We have also set up a working committee to tackle issues that may arise in our efforts to boost economic activities and tourism industries in both Indonesia and Sarawak,” said Jahar when met during the Wonderful Indonesia Festival in Entikong recently.
Jahar emphasised that the Wonderful Indonesia Festival could strengthen ties between locals and foreigners as well as enhance the good relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia.
“The Consulate has been making great efforts to promote the event through websites, local and social media, as well as word-of-mouth to locals in Sarawak and other places outside Indonesia.
“We aim to have regular activities near the borders so that people, especially from Sarawak, can come here often, maybe during weekends, to watch live performances and have a good taste of the local food products here.
“This will also help in fostering better relationships between locals and visitors as well as increase economic activities,” said Jahar.
The Indonesian products being offered near the borders are very much different to what Sarawak has, and according to Jahar, these must receive greater promotion.
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