Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A lot goes into making Visit Miri Year 2018 a success

MIRI: Much work still needs to be done to make Visit Miri Year (VMY2018) campaign a great success.

In this regard, Malaysian Association of Hotels honorary secretary-general John Teo believes that although many people are looking forward to it, efficient infrastructure must be in place.

“Accommodations like hotels and inns, condition of road signages, tourist destinations, eateries, public transportation and safety issues must be considered besides making sure that all these infrastructure and facilities are up-to-date, repaired and well-prepared to welcome the expected tourists.

“In fact, all these facilities are correlated with one another in helping tourists, especially backpackers, go around the city and places of interest easily and conveniently,” Teo said when sharing his view on ‘Miri Tourism Year’, stressing that safety and cleanliness must be given priority.

“Tourists want to feel safe when they visit a place. Therefore, emphasising road safety, directional signposts and enforcement of local ordinance are of utmost importance which the city council must take into consideration before welcoming tourists.”

Promotion, said Teo, must not be overlooked because promoting the best features of Miri on major websites, apps, government-related sites as well as on tourism and travel magazines could attract more travellers and tourists.

“In fact, Sarawak Tourism Board and the Tourism Ministry should include Miri in their roadshows, promoting the events and happenings in Miri which definitely would attract more curious people to Miri.”

Having been in the industry for nearly two decades, Teo is hoping for a successful VMY2018.