Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sarawak tourism industry players told to make visitors have a happy experience

KUCHING: Local tourism industry players must band together and show tourists that Sarawak is a destination they won’t regret visiting.

With new flight routes added at end of last year and tourism infrastructure such as hotels coming up ‘we must now make sure that visitors leave here satisfied with their experience’, said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youths and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“We have seen new hotel expansions and development, and even new hospitals. Health tourism here has been quite an achievement. Even when Kuching is considered to be quite small, there are six private hospitals,” he said, adding that health tourism is developing very fast, with the Pontianak sector being an important factor.

Abdul Karim added that apart from health tourism, there is also education tourism and sports tourism to explore and cultivate in order to bring more tourists into Sarawak.

He was speaking during the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Appreciation Night on Monday.

“On sports tourism, we have managed to secure a lot of big events for the next two years. When the athletes, crew and fans come over, they will have to stay at hotels, they will have to visit restaurants and places of interest.”

However, STB and local stakeholders still have to be pro-active in enticing visitors and going up against competition from around South East Asia, he added.