Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sarawak hotels catering to growing number of tourists

KUCHING: The state tourism industry received a major boost with the official launch of the ‘Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing’ to cater to the growing number of tourists arriving in the state.

At the launch of the hotel’s Astana Wing yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the four-star hotel will benefit from future attractions and urban renewal projects, mainly along the Kuching Waterfront up to the Padungan area.

“The service must be majestic, because we are staying in a palace (Astana) in a very strategic location,” he added.

He revealed that the hotel will be managed by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation

(SEDC), which has played a pioneering role in the transformation of the state’s tourism industry since its formation 46 years ago.

According to him, SEDC has taken the lead with the development of Sarawak’s first international class hotel in 1976 which was the Holiday Inn Kuching – now known as Grand Margherita Hotel – and the Holiday Inn Damai Resort (Damai Beach Resort) in 1986.

He believes the addition of the Astana Wing is a timely move by SEDC to keep abreast with the competition and to maintain its role as a major player in the state’s tourism industry.

With the new wing, he added, hotel guests will be able to visit the iconic Darul Hana bridge on foot while enjoying the beauty of the city along the Waterfront.

He mentioned that among future beautification projects in the area is the cascading water feature that will be built near the State Legislative Assembly building.