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Sarawak Wants More International Direct Flights In 2018
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January 01, 2018 00:29 AM
MIRI, Dec 31 (Bernama) --Sarawak isaggressively seeking opportunity with Airasia for more international direct flights to further boost the state's tourism industry in 2018.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Opengsaid 2017 has recorded great improvement in term of air connectivity especially international direct flights with Kuching recentlybeing connected to Shenzhen, China and Bintuluto Singapore by Airasia.

"We are also currently working with Airasiato explore more opportunities to open up routes especially to north Asia and the region," he said when launching Visit MiriYear 2018 (VMY2018) tonight.

His text of speech was read by StateTourism,Art and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

AbangJohari said Mirihad a fair share of international direct flightswith last month Indonesia basedXpress Air inaugural direct flights from Pontianak to Miri.

"The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is working with Royal Brunei Airlines to position Miri and Mulu as a must stop destination for stop over passengers particularly on the Melbourne-London route."

He said STB has taken the first step last month to fly in agents from Melbourne for a familiarisation trip to MiriCity and Muluto enable them become familiar with local products in MiriCityand Mulu.

Mirihas the most number of national parks such as Piasau Nature Reserve,Lambir Hills, Niah,Loagan Bunut,Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef, Usun Apau and Unesco Heritage site Mulu.

Meanwhile,MiriCity Mayor Adam Yii SiewSangsaid the city has the Grand Old Lady, the country'sfirst oil well and one of the oldest such structurein the region,and the Petronas Museum located at Canada Hill.

"We have theMiriHandicraft Centre, Tamu Muhibbahwhich sellsexoticfruits and vegetables, Taman Seleraa popular seafoodcentre, Marina seahorse lighthouse, Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sikh Temple, and theCrocodile Farm."

MiriCity Council (MCC) tourism development committee chairman Ernest Khiok Seng Goh in the same function said 30 events has been line up to be held in Miri City in 2018 such asPasar Gong Xi Fa Cai,Colour Rush Run,Sarawak Native Festival, International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia and South East Asia Poet Convention.

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