Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tourism sector in Sarawak to see vibrant growth ahead

KUCHING: The number of tourist arrivals next year is expected to go beyond the four million targeted for 2012 as the Sarawakian tourism industry expands under the many initiatives taken to attract visitors.

“Sarawak has a lot of unique offerings, geographical advantages and many other attractions which can attract tourists.

“Kuching is already in the process of a facelift to attract more tourists, with the iconic Dewan Undangan Negeri or Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building now standing as a major landmark in the city,” said Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation chairman during an exclusive interview with The Borneo Post.

Talib believed that the city’s close geographical proximity with Singapore provided Kuching with a lot of opportunities to be successfully marketed as a convenient, inexpensive and safe destination, especially to the student market.

“We could additionally supplement Singapore’s city themes with our culture, adventure and nature themes to create a win-win situation.”

The chairman also joked that he had been to many cities and towns in the state and had never faced any problems with crime or chaos, a further testament to the peaceful environment the state possesses.