Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Kuching-Taiwan chartered flight arrive in Kuching

KUCHING: A Taipei-Kuching chartered flight with 150 passengers on board arrived at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) at 6.30am on Saturday.

The chartered flight using a Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 airliner, was organised by Taipei-based See Mark Travel Services (Taipei) Co. Ltd (See Mark) and flew in from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) in a press statement yesterday.

Present at KIA to welcome the arrivals were STB chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Group Chief Executive Officer of STB and Sarawak Convention Bureau Mike Cannon.

Passengers on the chartered flight, with See Mark’s general manager Chen Chin Chang also on board, were welcomed upon arrival by a lion dance troupe and were garlanded by a Sarawak cultural troupe as soon as they stepped out from the aircraft.

The chartered flight was part of STB’s marketing initiative in Taiwan with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Taipei on Nov 4 last year.

The documents were signed by Abdul Wahab with Chen signing on behalf of See Mark and was witnessed by the then Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is currently the Chief Minister of Sarawak, said STB in the statement.