Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Twice-weekly Miri-Pontianak flight to boost tourism, business

MIRI: The Xpress Air Indonesia inaugural flight to Miri from Pontianak in Indonesia represents a significant milestone in Sarawak’s tourism calender and the cooperation between the state and Kalimantan.

In stating this, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state was excited to have this twice weekly flight from Pontianak to Miri which he hoped would strengthen the relationship between Sarawak and Kalimantan.

“This will also help in enhancing not only the tourism activities but also business from both places,” he said during a ceremony to welcome the inaugural Pontianak-Miri Express Air flight at Miri Airport yesterday afternoon.

His text-of-speech was read by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Present were consul-general of Indonesia in Kuching, Jahar Gultom, Xpress Air director HF Filman, Miri mayor Adam Yii, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Miri Resident Sherrina Hussain.

According to Abdul Karim, Indonesia has always been one of Sarawak’s important markets, and arrivals from Indonesia into Sarawak have been steadily growing every year.

He hopes that this connectivity would draw interest of travellers from Indonesia to experience the different cultures and adventures that Miri and Sarawak have to offer besides connecting and expanding the network between Indonesia and Sarawak.

“Xpress Air Indonesia has a wounderful slogan, which is ‘Terbanglah Indonesia’, in anticipation of future endeavours between us and in appreciation or our Indonesian visitors, I would like to say ‘Terbang Indonesia ke Sarawak’,” he said.

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