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Re: Kuching / Sarawak Tourism Industry
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Wow...so beutiful .......those turtles are from Sematan or Satang Island?

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I think so .. haven't been there yet

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S’wak expects to receive more tourists from Japan, South Korea next year
Posted on October 12, 2010, Tuesday

KUCHING: The addition of three new Malaysian Airlines’ (MAS) flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Osaka’s Kansai Airport and Seoul’s Incheon Airport to Kuching next year is hoped to increase the arrival of tourists from both Japan and South Korea.


EXCITING TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: Rashid (centre), Tanaka (left) and Edmund during the press conference.
Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive officer Dato Rashid Khan said the state was looking into doubling the number of tourist arrivals compared to the total number last year.

“Last year, Sarawak saw around 10,000 tourists from Japan, and with the launch of these flights next year, we are looking at doubling the number,” said Rashid.

The flights, which will fly to Kuching via Kota Kinabalu, will commence in mid January next year.

Rashid, who was speaking at a press conference in conjunction with a familiarisation trip of Japanese and Korean agents to Kuching, said tourism industry players will need to assist MAS by taking proactive steps in tourism promotion.

“Apart from the session today, STB will organise a 10-day tourism promotion in Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul involving 15 local representatives comprising tour operators, hoteliers and restaurant operators.

“The delegates will promote the state during the roadshows and we hope that the promotion will expose the state to the crowd over there and hopefully the delegates will meet and seal deals with their counterparts,” he said.

On another matter, Rashid pointed out that due to scheduled charters from Korea earlier this year, arrivals from the country to the state increased fourfold compared to a similar period last year.

This, according to him, also led to a 6 per cent increase up to June over the same period last year.

He also revealed that STB would be launching a six-month campaign on Sarawak’s integrated packages on October 19 in Singapore.

The packages according to him is in line with STB’s plan to lure Singaporeans and foreigners residing in the country to come to Sarawak as the country has direct flights to the state via MAS, SilkAir, AirAsia and Tiger Airways.

Meanwhile, MAS Osaka senior passenger sales representative Hiroyuki Tanaka said that tourism players will need to come up with good brochures and advertisement to make the offering more visible.

“While we had operated the Narita-Kuching flight some 10 years ago, we sure need to restart the promotion effort for better exposure,” said Tanaka.

Seven travel agents from Osaka are in Kuching at the moment to have an insight of what Sarawak has to offer while 25 travel agents from Tokyo and Seoul came earlier this month.

The first quarter until June this year saw the arrival of 4,223 tourists from Japan and 2,540 arrivals from Korea.

Also present yesterday was MAS area manager Edmund A M.
Source @ The Borneo Post

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hope they will sustain this flights and not turn into hangat2 tahi ayam only

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we should play our part 2

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KUCHING: Infrastructure upgrading in the city will be the basis for the promotion of Sarawak as an adventure tourism destination.

Tourism and Heritage Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the upgrading works would involve infrastructure related to culture and nature.

Johari said tourism players in the state had been informed of the Kuching Heritage Trail upgrading which involved the extension of the Kuching Esplanade to Sungai Bintangor.


Upgrade proposal: Johari looking at the project map as Assistant Tourism and Heritage Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip (right) looks on after the Sarawak Tourism information update at Pullman Hotel in Kuching.— ANDRE OLIVEIRO / The Star
The project, he said, would involve a cost of RM25mil and was expected to be completed either at the end of this year or first quarter of next year.

“We will also transform Kampung Boyan from a traditional Malay kampung into a modern kampung with modern facilities.

“We also want to turn our river into a mode of transportation where the people, including the tourists, can use it to travel, for instance, from Pasar Satok right up to the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching,” he told a press conference after a meeting and dialogue session with tourism players here yesterday.

The Brooke Dockyard, which is along the Kuching Heritage Trail, would also be turned into a cultural centre while three electronic billboards costing RM1mil each would be installed at the riverbank, Johari added.

He said the idea of introducing perahu bandung could also be an attraction and to showcase the vibrancy of the Sarawak River.

“For us to attract tourists, we need strategic marketing approach which involves branding our tourism based on adventure.

“We have to market our product and link it with history as tourists are interested with our history and they will explore it,” he said.

On air connectivity, Johari said discussions would be held with Malaysia Airlines to bring in more tourists from certain routes like Australia and Europe.

“The airport runway has been extended to accommodate aircrafts like Airbus A380.MAS needs the passenger load and on our side, we need to create the attraction for the tourists to come. So it is a bread and butter issue,” he said.

On the Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF), Johari said the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) had only decided to postpone it to next year.

“I have consulted Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and SMC. This is due to the state election last month where they were busy with its preparation. They do not mean to cancel it.

“If we want to do it, we might as well do it properly and put up a good performance for the festival,” Johari said.

Recently, SMC said it would cancel the BCF due to SUPP’s poor performance in the state election and this drew criticism from various quarters.

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CMS Land Sdn. Bhd. has entered into a joint venture agreement (JVA) with Premier Cottage Sdn Bhd, Boulevard Jaya Corporation Sdn Bhd, Hikmat Majusama Sdn Bhd and Isthmus Development Sdn Bhd (IDSB) to build, own and manage a four-star hotel and service apartment in Kuching, Sarawak. Pursuant to the JVA, CMS Land will inject two parcels of vacant land in Kuching, of approximately 10.5 acres with a lease period of 99 years to IDSB for a total consideration of MYR 10 million. The development of the hotel will support the Borneo Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCKK) in attracting more users. It will also act as a catalyst to accelerate the development CMS Land's adjoining land banks in the Isthmus Development, into a commercial hub and satellite city for Kuching. The 381-room hotel and 96 units of service apartments, is estimated to cost about MYR 380 million. It will be financed by IDSB via a combination of issuance of shares, borrowings from banks or financial institutions, as well as advances from the JV partners of up to MYR 50 million. The hotel is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of next year and be completed by the end of 2013.

http://investing.businessweek.com/res ... t.asp?privcapId=116582807

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Kuching's latest tourists arrival statistic:

http://www.minth.sarawak.gov.my/modul ... /file_folder/august11.pdf

It seems the number of total foreigners arrival always exceeds Malaysian tourists arrival.

Posted on: 2011/10/29 20:15
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in my opinion, our tourism industry now is sick. thanks to tony fernandez.

Posted on: 2011/11/8 11:08
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